The Oregon Cabaret is bringing the beloved Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol to its stage from November 18th to December 31st.
A Christmas Carol is the beautiful, haunting tale of that fateful Christmas Eve when miserly curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by his old business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is told to expect three spirits to haunt him – spirits of Christmas past, present, and future – intended to set Ebenezer on the unlikely path to redemption.
“I don’t get jaded about A Christmas Carol,” says adapter Rick Robinson. “I love, love this story and have a fondness for it whether it’s Albert Finney in the lead role or it’s Michael Caine playing opposite muppets. We last did my adaptation of A Christmas Carol in our first full season here in 2015 and it was a production that had a steampunk aesthetic. This version has been updated to lean into the Victorian era ghost story. Our director Vanessa Ballam, who was a cast member in the previous version, has done a really tremendous job of making this version something completely new.”
Southern Oregon resident Marshall Gluskin makes his Cabaret debut as Ebeneezer Scrooge and is joined by Cabaret veterans Austin Miller (The Full Monty), Todd Nielsen (Sweeney Todd), Alysia Beltran (In the Heights), and Cabaret newcomers Cody Pettit, Melanie Marie, Stephen Dominguez, Zaq Wentworth, and Chloe Boyan.
Vanessa Ballam directs, having previously been an actor at the Cabaret in the original 2015 production of A Christmas Carol. Tony Carter, a Cabaret favorite as an actor, serves as her assistant director and choreographer.
The work of the show’s adapter, Rick Robinson is well known to Southern Oregon audiences where he has written the script for the Cabaret original Pine Mountain Lodge (2016), and served as the adapter for A Christmas Carol (2015), Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four (2019), Poirot: Murder on the Links (2021), and Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem (2022).
A Christmas Carol’s design team includes Set Designer Brian Redfern , Lighting Designer Michael Stanfill, Sound Designer Bryan Z. Richards, Costume Designer Nathan Ynacay, Wig Designer Virginia Carol Hudson, and Props Designer James Xavier.
The dinner menu, designed by Cabaret chef Christopher Scott, includes flavors inspired by the season like Roast Turkey Dinner, Glazed Ham, Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops, a Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, and Pot Roast. The brunch menu has Cabaret staples like Quiche, Eggs Benedict, Lox and Bagel along with a show-inspired ‘Roast Beef Hash’ option.
If it were a movie, A Christmas Carol would be rated PG for some adult situations and supernatural effects that could frighten younger children.
Show Dates and Additional Information
A Christmas Carol is one of two shows being produced by the Cabaret this holiday season. The other, White Christmas, opens on December 1st and will perform at the Thomas Theatre at OSF. Tickets for White Christmas are available through the OSF Box Office at 800-219-8161 or osfashland.org.
A Christmas Carol has a preview on November 18th, opens on November 19th and closes on Saturday, December 31st. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:00 pm and evening performances begin at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and select Tuesday nights.
Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, cocktails, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Tickets are $43 for A-level seating, $39 B-level seating and $29 C-level seating. The Cabaret offers a 15% ticket discount for groups of twelve or more for select ticket types and performances. $15 student rush tickets can be purchased 15 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.
Media Contact: Rick Robinson, email@example.com, 541.488.8349, ext. 2. Photos, interviews, and reviewer tickets are available upon request.