‘A Christmas Carol’ Back by Demand at Steel River

Members of the Fezziwig Family, at top from left, are Gianna Daiuto, Doug Pratt, Katie Clements,, and Nina Bickell

'A Christmas Carol' Back by Demand at Steel River
Owen Ahlmer as Tiny Tim, with Rob Tilley as Bob Cratchit

POTTSTOWN PA – A community poll has inspired the by-popular-demand holiday return of the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” to Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St. It debuts Dec. 3 (2021; Friday), and continues performances Dec. 4-19 on weekends, and for limited evening and matinée shows.

This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story was written by Broadway’s Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical). They breathe new life into the classic tale, a traditional holiday ghost story that ultimately shows us that choosing love will bring redemption and acceptance of our fellow man.

Making returns since the last time Steel River offered the musical are director Michael Licata, music director Julie Eurillo, choreographer Rex Henriques, and stage manager Lydia Klementisz. Also returning are many members of the earlier cast, including Joe Ciresi as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The special opening night celebration Dec. 3 is a fund-raiser that includes a champagne toast, a small donation to the playhouse, and other festivities. The “Raise Our Curtain” event marks the return of live theater and the holiday season at Steel River. “We are so excited to welcome audiences back to live theater on High Street, and know that when we all work together, we can ensure performances like this season after season,” Managing Director Rita Pederson said.

Regular ticket prices are $29 for adults, $24 for seniors age 65 and older, and $17 for students and children age 5 and older. All patrons are asked to wear masks. Ticket purchases and information on upcoming events are available online, here. Got questions? Send an e-mail to info@steelriver.org.

Photos provided by Steel River Playhouse