Thawing Hearts of Every Scrooge

Portland Playhouse presents a festive, family favorite

12/18/2018, 4:32 p.m.
Diverse cast of just over a dozen brings nearly 40 characters to life
Portland Playhouse, the diverse theater group that renovated an old church on Northeast Prescott Street into a community theater space, presents the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol” with shows now showing through Saturday, Dec. 29. Features (pictured) Abigail St. John, Netty McKenzie, DJ Curtis Jr, Cycerli Ash, Rachel Lewis and Alex Nowak. Photo by Reina Solunaya

A festive, family friendly favorite has returned to Portland Playhouse with stars of A Christmas Carol’s past and shining new stars of the future.

Now in its sixth year at the diverse theater group’s public performance space at 602 N.E. Prescott St., this holiday tradition combines the classic, heartwarming tale of Charles Dickens with surprising elements of theatre magic, live music and just enough whimsy to thaw the hearts of every Scrooge.

The cast of just over a dozen brings nearly 40 characters to life as well as performing original music by Rick Lombardo and Anna Lackaff alongside well loved Christmas tunes.

Cycerli Ash makes her Playhouse debut as all of the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser, through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. Drew Harper returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge, having originated the role at the Playhouse in the first three productions in 2013-15.

Hopeful, musical, and above all fun, this is one holiday tradition that will make even the most miserly of Scrooges proclaim, “Merry Christmas, everyone!”

For tickets and more information visit porlandplayhouse.org or call the box office at 503-488-5822.