A timeless holiday production has found its way to Quincy, perhaps to help unofficially kick off the holiday season.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol opens this weekend at the Quincy High School Auditorium, under the direction of Haliey Weber, running from Nov. 12 to Nov. 20, with shows on Nov. 12 and 13, 19, and 20. The Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m. while Saturdays bring two performances each, a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. show.
“We wanted to make it more accessible for older patrons,” Weber said of the decision to introduce matinees. “There are many people who don’t enjoy being out super late, and so we thought this (idea) would be good.”
The show is an adaptation of the Dickensian tale by Jayk (pronounced ‘Jake’) James, who included in his version of the production a character in the role of Dickens himself, sometimes playing a bit part, sometimes breaking the fourth wall and narrating.
“He becomes different characters,” Weber said. “He plays four or five different characters along with the narration. Pretty impressive.”
The role of Dickens went to Tucker Ronish, with Aaron Cruz-Martinez playing Scrooge.
The Ghost of Christmas Past went to Emma Foley, the Ghost of Christmas Present went to Allie Manly, and the Ghost of Christmas Future went to Karen Quintero. Marley’s Ghost will be played by Amy Rodriguez and Bob Cratchitt will be played by Cody Kennedy.
Certain roles, such as those of Tiny Tim, will be played by small children. Krysandra Cole got the role of Tiny Tim, while 5-year-old Aria Bleau got the role of Belle’s daughter.
“She’s a little firecracker,” Weber said of Bleau.
Putting on a show for an audience while wearing masks has been a bit of a challenge, Weber said.
“People are starting to get used to hearing each other with masks,” Weber said. State protocols now allow vaccinated performers to work without masks, though Weber said.
“It will be nice to see people’s full facial expression,” she added. This is the third show since the pandemic broke, but only the second one with a live audience.
“We did three performances of the last show, and now we are up to six,” Weber said.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students ages 5-18, $5 for veterans with their card. Students who receive free and/or reduced lunches can get a free ticket at the QHS main office.
Tickets are for sale at the QHS main office during business hours or at the auditorium door prior to showtimes.