The Spirits of the Season Return to Cincinnati Playhouse


Greg Procaccino as Jacob Marley & Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrooge in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2017 production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Comes to Life November 21 – December 29

(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s joyous, time-honored celebration of the true meaning of the holidays returns for its 28th season as First Financial Bank presents Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The beloved, iconic story will be performed Nov. 21 through Dec. 29 in the Playhouse’s Robert S. Marx Theatre. (Opening night is Nov. 23.)

More than 600,000 people have enjoyed the timeless classic at the Playhouse over the past 27 years. An immediate hit when Dickens wrote it in 1843, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is often credited for revitalizing the celebration of Christmas as we know it today.

“Thousands of families return each year to the Playhouse to make A CHRISTMAS CAROL a part of their holiday traditions,” explains Blake Robison, artistic director. “The enduring message of A CHRISTMAS CAROL helps to make it one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season and a perfect way to introduce children to the joys of theatre.”

Adapted by Howard Dallin, Dickens’ narrative comes to vivid life with spectacular effects and hundreds of costumes that illuminate Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traversing pilgrimage with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. From his kind-hearted sister Fan and first love Belle to his generous employer Fezziwig and humble clerk Bob Cratchit, Scrooge is repeatedly shown the saving grace of love and concern for humanity.

Bruce Comer returns to fill Ebenezer Scrooge’s miserly shoes for the 14th time this season, the longest run among the four actors who have played the role, and new for 2018, his son, Charlie, will portray Scrooge as a young adult. Michael Evan Haney is the director of the production.

All show times for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are at 2 p.m. for matinees and 7 p.m. for evening performances to accommodate families with children. Please note the earlier curtain time. There will be no performances on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and selected weeknights in early December.

Prices for A CHRISTMAS CAROL start at $35 for the Nov. 21 preview performance and at $40 for all other performances depending on seat location. Tickets for children and teens are $45 or $30 depending on seat location. Prices subject to change. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is suitable for all general audiences, including children ages 5 and older. Due to the full-length nature of the show, children younger than 5 cannot be admitted.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Bruce Cromer (Ebenezer Scrooge); David Armando (Constable at Fezziwig’s/Man with Pipe/Caroler/Streets); Damien Boykin (Dick Wilkins/Caroler/Streets); Charlie Cromer (Young & Mature Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Future); Annie Fitzpatrick (Mrs. Fezziwig/Patience/Streets); Ryan Wesley Gilreath (Bob Cratchit/Schoolmaster Oxlip); Mia Goodlett (Want/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Ashlynn Isabel Hezlep (Belinda Cratchit/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Maya Jeyam (Rose/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Caroler/Streets); Ari Elizabeth Johnson (Fan/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Ronin King-Dennis (Tiny Tim); Gabrielle Kogut (Poulteress/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Julie Locker (Mary (Scrubwoman at Fezziwig’s)/Caroler/Streets); Taha Mandviwala (Mr. Sosser/Topper/Man with Shoe Shine/Guest at Fezziwig’s); Sara Masterson (Belle/Catherine Margaret); Kelly Mengelkoch (Mrs. Cratchit/Laundress/Streets); Daniel Petzold (Fred); Greg Procaccino (Jacob Marley/Old Joe); Douglas Rees (Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present); Madison Rengli (Mrs. Dilber/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Parker Roland (Peter Cratchit/Gregory/Apprentice at Fezziwig’s/ Streets); Nick Rose (Mr. Cupp/Percy/Rich Man at Fezziwig’s); Britney Nicole Simpson (Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Peake); James Stringer (Undertaker/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Livvy Stubenrauch (Martha Cratchit/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Sabian Swan (George/Charles/Rich Son at Fezziwig’s/Streets); Teancom Thacker (Boy Scrooge/Boy at Fezziwig’s/Bootblack/Streets); Charlie Wise (Ignorance/Matthew/Apprentice at Fezziwig’s/Streets);

Michael Evan Haney (Director); James Leonard Joy (Set Designer); David Murin(Costume Designer); Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer); David Smith (Sound Designer/Composer); Steve O’Shea (Lighting Contractor); Rebecca N. Childs (Music Director); Dee Anne Bryll (Choreographer); Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager); Jenifer Morrow (Second Stage Manager); Brooke Redler (Second Stage Manager)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is presented by First Financial Bank. The design sponsor and artist sponsor/Ghosts is Ohio National Financial Services. Artist sponsor/Ebenezer Scrooge is AAA/Provident Travel. Artist sponsor/Tiny Tim is Bahl & Gaynor.  Additional support is provided by The Stona Fitch Family.

The Robert S. Marx Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Foundation. Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join the Playhouse and Hoxworth Blood Center for our 23rd annual blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Rosenthal Plaza. Donors will receive half-price tickets good for select performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and IN THE HEIGHTS. You’ll also leave knowing that you provided life-giving support to those in need, saving up to three lives with your single donation. For an appointment, visit Appointment times are limited, so you are strongly encouraged to reserve your spot in advance.

Help a neighbor in need by participating in the Playhouse’s annual Cratchit Family Food Drive to support the Freestore Foodbank. To donate, simply bring a nonperishable food or personal care item to the Playhouse when you come for a performance in November or December and place it in one of the barrels located near the Box Office. Food items that are always in demand include canned meat products; canned vegetables; fruits and soups; peanut butter; and macaroni and cheese. Personal care items include soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and disposable diapers. Please, no glass items.


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