Final weekend for ‘Christmas Carol’ in Belfast

Dec 12, 2013
Brian Ross plays everyone’s favorite squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner in Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s “A Christmas Carol.”

Belfast — *** NOTE: Sunday matinee is canceled due to the storm ***

Final performances of Midcoast Actors' Studio's production of “A Christmas Carol” are Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. on the Troy Howard School Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave./Route 52. The family-friendly show runs about two hours and is appropriate for those age 7 and older.

This version of the famous Charles Dickens story of Scrooge was adapted by retired theater professor John Bielenberg more than 20 years ago and has been performed every Christmastime since then in New York. This will mark the fourth production of it here in Maine and the first for Midcoast Actors’ Studio; Artistic Director Jason Bannister hopes will become a tradition.

“Everyone knows the heartwarming tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and this adaptation adds some original and delightful twists,” he said.

The production includes many songs, making it feel like a musical at times. Add to that a beautiful set and costumes, as well as the strong acting from a company including many returning actors from previous years, and audiences are in for a night of family fun. Brian Ross plays the miserly old Scrooge. The rest of the cast includes Christine West, Jay Rosenberg, Scott and Leah Smith, Katie Glessner, Erik Perkins, Tyler Johnstone, Macartney Wyatt, Randall Merrifield and Ada Curry.

Bannister directs, and Lila Nation is the music director. Set and costumes are by John and Elaine Bielenberg. Ginny Ford is stage manager. “A Christmas Carol” runs about two hours including intermission.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Reservations can be made with a credit card by calling the box office at 370-­7592. Tickets also can be purchased at the door via cash, check and credit cards.

“A Christmas Carol” is the last production of a successful 2013 season for Midcoast Actors’ Studio. The 2014 season is shaping up to be very exciting, with seven productions including “All in the Timing in February,” “The King and I” in March, “August: Osage County” in June, “Nunsense” in August, “Plaza Suite” in September, A Maine Playwrights Showcase in October and “A Christmas Carol” in December. For more information about this or future productions, email, visit or check out the troupe’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Midcoast Actors’ Studio will present the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” for two weekends in Belfast.
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