Greencastle’s Paris Peet again appears as Scrooge

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Scrooge, portrayed by Paris Peet of Greencastle, recalls happier times shown to him by the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Totem Pole Playhouse, in association with Gettysburg Community Theatre, will once again bring its original adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” to the stage of Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, with performances Dec. 8 to 17.

Shippensburg University professor and Greencastle resident Paris Peet, who has been starring as Ebenezer Scrooge since 2014, will be joined on stage this year by his son, Owen Peet, as Young Dick Wilkins.

“A Christmas Carol” is an original adaptation by Totem Pole Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Rowan Joseph, who directs the show. Much of the text and dialogue are preserved verbatim from the original novel by Charles Dickens, restoring many of the Christian references left out of other versions.

“One of the aspects that sets this production apart from others is that we’ve added back into the text of the play Dickens’ original focus on the birth of the baby Jesus and Christian charity as the dominate theme of Scrooge’s redemptive journey,” Joseph said.

While the centerpiece of the set remains Scrooge’s large two-story revolving Victorian house and accounting office, two additional one-story revolving structures have been added with two more two-story set pieces planned for 2018.

Special effects include 3D hologram skeletons rising out of the stage floor of the Majestic Theater along with Scrooge’s tombstone.

Families on stage 

In addition to the Peets, other family acts in the show include Chambersburg residents Lee Merriman and his daughter Jocelyn as Charity Man #1 and Belinda Cratchit; Emily Windover of Orrtanna as Mrs. Fezziwig joined by daughters Ruby and Mia as Fezziwig Dancers and Phoebe as Scrooge’s sister Fan; and New Oxford’s Mark Kleinman as the Lamplighter with his son, Jacob, as Tiny Tim.

Brothers and sisters: Thomas and Claire Hydock of Fairfield as Belle’s son and daughter; Gettysburg’s Justin and Hope Beach as the Fiddler and a Fezziwig Dancer; and Jonah and Claudia Doubell of Chambersburg as Ignorance and Want.

Brothers: Jasper and Elliot Wakefield of McConnellsburg as Cratchit brothers Matthew and Peter.

Sisters: Liliana and Kalia Hoedemaker and Stella and Mina Gladson of Gettysburg as dancers in the Fezziwig party scene.

 Others involved 

Shane Partlow as Bob Cratchit; Richard Sautter as Old Joe; Misty Coy as Mrs. Dilber; Rowan Joseph as Mr. Fezziwig; Luke Reed as Scrooge’s nephew, Fred; J. Edward Riggs as Marley's Ghost; Megan Lee Miller as The Spirit of Christmas Past; Chuck Lambert as The Spirit of Christmas Present; and Taylor Whidden Knapp as Mrs. Cratchit.

Also appearing: Erik Alexis, Alexander Baugher, Diane Chamless, Joan Crooks, Gaven Dingle, Lynn Dowling, Sue Fehringer, Brandon Gladfelter, Brynn Hambley, David Hewitt, Anne Hunt, Natalie Hurwitch, Ian Kress, Michael Krikorian, Anna Kurtz, Johnna Leary, Emily Martin, Alyssa Meyers, James L. O’Dell, Jr., Maxwell Owens, William Reece, Emily Smallwood, Ella Snyder, Denzel Surcica, Seth Thompson, Tom Trgovac, Lance Windish, Andrew Zabetakis and Bryton Zook.   

 Details 

This year’s public performances are scheduled for Dec. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 6 p.m.; and Dec. 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, and 17 at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets call the Majestic Theater Box Office at 717-337-8200 or go online at the Majestic Theater website www.gettysburgmajestic.org.