This December Elements Theatre presents Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol. Told in a Readers’ Theatre style, with an emphasis on the dramatic art of storytelling, John Mortimer’s descriptive adaptation sparkles. Guests are invited for dinner in Paraclete House, overlooking beautiful Cape Cod Bay, before moving to the majestic Church of the Transfiguration, where brass music fills the Atrium and chestnuts roast over an open fire. Join us for an evening that is truly a feast for the senses, and let this theatre of the imagination bring fresh life to this classic Christmas tale of transformation and redemption.
For more information on the Reader’s Theatre style and it’s history click here.
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Cast & Staff
Cast & Staff
THE CAST (in order of their appearance)
|Narrator||Sr. Danielle Dwyer|
|Chorus||Rachel McKendree, Kyle Norman, Sarah Hale, Kate Shannon, Jeremy Haig, Lindsey Kanaga, Sr Phoenix Catlin, Stephanie Haig|
|Ebenezer Scrooge||Brad Lussier|
|Bob Cratchit||Br. Stephen Velie|
|Fred, Scrooge’s nephew||Kyle Norman|
|First Portly Gentleman||Peter Haig|
|Second Portly Gentleman||Chris Kanaga|
|Jacob Marley’s Ghost||Chris Kanaga|
|The Spirit of Christmas Past||Ellen Ortolani|
|Farm Folk||Heather Norman & Stephanie Haig|
|Young Scrooge||Jeremy Haig|
|Fan, Scrooge’s sister||Sr. Phoenix Catlin|
|Dick Wilkins, Fezziwig’s other apprentice||Br. Stephen Velie|
|Mrs. Fezziwig||Rachel McKendree|
|Fezziwig’s Daughters||Heather Norman, Lindsey Kanaga, Sarah Hale|
|Belle’s Daughter||Lindsey Kanaga|
|First Child||Sarah Hale|
|Second Child||Stephanie Haig|
|Belle’s Husband||Peter Haig|
|The Spirit of Christmas Present||Chris Kanaga|
|Peter Cratchit||Gabriel Olsen|
|Martha Cratchit||Hannah Tingley|
|Mrs. Cratchit||Ellen Ortolani|
|Belinda Cratchit||Lily Schuman|
|Tiny Tim||Oliver Ortolani|
|Miss Rosie, the Plump Sister||Heather Norman|
|Guest||Sr. Phoenix Catlin|
|First Businessman||Chris Kanaga|
|Second Businessman||Rachel McKendree|
|Third Businessman||Ellen Ortolani|
|Forth Businessman||Jeremy Haig|
|First Important Man||Peter Haig|
|Second Important Man||Br. Stephen Velie|
|Mrs. Dilber, a laundress||Sarah Hale|
|Old Joe, a receiver of stolen property||Chris Kanaga|
|Charwoman||Sr. Danielle Dwyer|
|An Undertaker’s Man||Heather Norman|
|Boy||Br. Stephen Velie|
|Poulterer’s Man||Peter Haig|
|The Spirit of Christmas Future||Chorus|
Director Sr. Danielle Dwyer
Technical Director Chris Kanaga
News & Reviews
News & Reviews
Elements Focuses on Language in "Christmas Carol"
The Orleans-based Elements Theatre Company performed “A Christmas Carol” two years ago, and the show was so well-received that members were asked about doing it again.
But director Danielle Dwyer didn’t want an exact repeat, so she found a new way to present the well-known Dickens story.
This year’s production is an expansion on Readers Theatre, in a version created by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"God Bless Us, Everyone!"
Written by Barbara Clark, Barnstable Patriot
Elements Theatre Company rings out the old year with a Readers’ Theater presentation of A Christmas Carol followed by a thrilling ringing of the bells at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans.
If you get the impression from this review that Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite holiday stories, you’ve got it right.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Transfigured by Elements Theatre Company
by Nancy Grossman, Broadway World
Chestnuts roasting on an open flame, bell ringers fervently toiling in the courtyard tower, and carols emanating from a sonorous brass quintet were among the panoply of sensory stimuli surrounding the Elements Theatre Company presentation of A Christmas Carol at the Church of the Transfiguration at Rock Harbor in Orleans that ran for two weekends in December.
From the Director
From the Director
The light at this time of year amazes me. The way it seems to bend the marsh grass in the late afternoon, or falls through the partially leafed trees in broken beams, I am reminded again of what a difference light can make. The right kind of light on a painting makes the difference between night and day; the right theatre lighting changes a scene from dull to inspirational; and light, when it falls on us as we doze, warms and wakens us.
Darkness and light play a strong role in A Christmas Carol. Actually, it is a strong theme in most of Dickens’ work. He was very familiar with the darkness of London, the unlit streets, the grime from the gas lamps and also the need for a flame to open up a dark room or to warm an impoverished family. We have set this telling of A Christmas Carol very specifically in the church of the Transfiguration. The name of the church itself is a part of the process of Scrooge. He is changed, transformed by the visitors who come to him and their visits instill in him a desire to live differently. He sees things in a new light, so to speak.
Light has a way of getting into the corners and recesses of our hearts and minds. Along with the light comes a restlessness and even a haunting of what we have buried so that we no longer recognize ourselves or our faults and needs. The other side of this restlessness is the hope of being different.
“My behavior might have led to a certain end. But if I change? If I change myself completely…? Then might…Might my end be different? Might it not? I beg you Spirit. Give me a little hope!”
Scrooge begs for a second chance and when he seizes it, his actions give hope to us all.
At this season of light, we at Elements Theatre Company, wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings and promise.
Sr. Danielle Dwyer