Alleyway Theatre and sponsors M&T Bank, WBBZ-TV, and J. Gillan & Associates will present the 36th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted and directed by Neal Radice, December 7-23, 2018. Alleyway Theatre is located at 1 Curtain Up Alley in the heart of Buffalo’s historic Theatre District. The holiday classic is the second production of the company’s thirty-ninth season of theatre.
A FAMILY TRADITION
The Alleyway production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the fifth longest running annual production in the country and one of Western New York’s favorite holiday traditions, playing to over 100,000 people during the past three decades. Multiple generations of families attend each year, typically arriving early so as not to miss a note of the traditional carolers as they perform in the half hour before Dickens’ famous ghost story of Christmas begins. Younger audience members in the intimate 100 seat Alleyway Theatre never fail to let out a squeal as the ghost of Jacob Marley, rattling his chains, appears in a red glow rising up through the floor of old Scrooge’s bedchamber.
DAVID C. MITCHELL RETURNS AS SCROOGE
Mr. Mitchell is well known to Alleyway audiences. He has appeared in Alleyway Theatre world premieres of Lines In The Sand, Big Happy, The Careful Glover, The Ghost Of Fort Niagara, Cut-Ups, Roadkill, Mookie Cranks A Tater!, To The Top, Tropical Heat and Dear Lydia. Active in theatre for over thirty years, he has performed in well over 100 stage productions in Buffalo, Virginia Beach, and New York City. Other recent credits include roles in End Of The Road 2012, Oklahoma, Shine, Clybourne Park, and Killer Joe. In 2012 he was nominated for an Artie Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Laughter On The 23rd Floor with the American Repertory Theatre of Western New York. Mr. Mitchell recently played the part of Shelly Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross at Road less Traveled Productions. This is his 11th season in A Christmas Carol
In addition to Mr. Mitchell, A CHRISTMAS CAROL will feature James Cichocki, Jerry Hudson, David G. Poole, Joyce Stilson, Roger VanDette and Emily Yancey.
New to the cast this season is Lauren McGowan who will also add her vocal talents to the caroling quartet. Ms. McGowan has a bachelor’s in music education from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s in higher education from Buffalo State. Favorite past shows include 9 to 5 (Roz Keith) and Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham) with Rocking Horse, The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet van de Graaff), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning), and The Secret Garden (Martha), with NRTG, and Fiddler on the Roof (Grandma Tzeitel), Promises, Promises (Orchestra Voice), and Oklahoma! with Lancaster Opera House. Ms. McGowan works for the School of Social Work at UB and serves on the organizing committee for TEDxBuffalo.
December 7-23, 2018.
Fridays at 7:30 PM | Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM | Sundays at 2 PM
$36/general admission; $20/students and children.
Purchase online at alleyway.com. The box office will open 30 minutes before each performance, but advance purchases are recommended since performances typically will be sold out. Alleyway Theatre Box Office: 716-852-2600.