Redhouse’s premier of “A Syracuse Christmas Carol” adds local twist to the Charles Dickens Classic

Redhouse’s premier of “A Syracuse Christmas Carol” adds local twist to the Charles Dickens Classic, and stars acting veteran Fred Grandy, Director Hunter Foster and Veteran Choreographer Lisa Shriver

(Syracuse, NY) Redhouse Arts Center continues its commitment to fresh, innovative work
with a musical written especially for Central New York, A Syracuse Christmas Carol. This
musical treat infused with Syracuse flavor by LJ Fecho and Michael O’Flaherty is a familyfriendly
take on the Dickens’ classic that is sure to put you in a festive mood this holiday
season. The “Love Boat’s” Fred Grandy returns to the Redhouse Stage to star as Ebenezer
Scrooge along with Artistic Director Hunter Foster, who will once again direct, following
his recent successful Redhouse Directorial debut of RENT in September. The show is
choreographed by veteran Lisa Shriver, who worked with Foster on a similar show they
created for The Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. With hummable Christmas tunes
and a Broadway style score, you can be the first to experience this memorable show
which runs from December 12th thru 22nd.

Some of the most beloved characters in Syracuse history come alive for a yuletide
gathering you won’t forget. Set on Christmas Eve in 1999, prominent Syracuse
businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts – each one a Syracuse legend! It’s a
fun-filled show with songs, laughs and recognizable icons from the past and present.
“I am proud to bring a brand new world premier musical to Syracuse and to the
Redhouse stage. A Christmas Carol is one of the greatest stories ever written, and it’s a
timeless reminder of what’s important in life. As we celebrate the holiday season, this
classic story — with a Syracuse twist! — is a hopeful reminder of what makes our
community great. The city of Syracuse takes such pride in its sports, its history and the
arts, and it’s an honor to give Syracuse its very own musical!”
— Artistic Director Hunter Foster

Artistic Director Hunter Foster has once again assembled an impressive cast of
performers who including acting veterans, Redhouse audience favorites, as well as those that are new to the Redhouse stage. Veteran TV, movie and stage actor Fred Grandy
makes his third appearance on the Redhouse Stage having previously starred in
productions of On Golden Pond and I’m Not Rappaport, for which he won the 2019 SALT
award for leading actor in a play. He and his co-star, Ted Lange, will reprise their roles
when I’m Not Rappaport opens the season for the Bucks County Playhouse in 2020. Best
known for playing Gopher Smith in the long running series, “The Love Boat”, he has made
over 200 appearances on television and will soon be seen in the new Ryan Murphy limited
series on Netflix, “Hollywood”. In addition to acting, he has served 4 terms in the United
States Congress, was the former president and CEO of Goodwill Industries, International,
and was for 9 years a popular news and talk radio host in Washington, DC.
Joining him onstage will be a large cast which include Redhouse favorite Temar
Underwood who recently starred as Tom Collins in the fall production of RENT, starring as
Bob Cratchett. Other recent acting performances at Redhouse include Beauty and the
Beast and Dreamgirls with Redhouse directorial credits including Steel Magnolias, Once
Upon a Mattress and Snow Queen to name a few. He has also performed in and directed
several shows in New York City. Others performers returning to the Redhouse stage will be
Ryan Albinus, Adrian Beck, Jaelle LaGuerre who all performed in Redhouse’s hit show
RENT. Also returning are Jason Timothy (Once Upon a Mattress, Snow Queen, La Cage
Aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast), and Justin Dunn (Once Upon a Mattress, A Charlie
Brown Christmas, On Golden Pond).

There will be several cast members making their Redhouse debut. Benjamin Howes who
will play the role of the ghosts, Krystal Scott will play Martha/Mrs. Carrier, Allison Macri
as Isabel, Adeline Whitener (Snow Queen, A Charlie Brown Christmas) as Jen, Isabella
Stechyshyn as Tiffy, Sofia Benderski as Kathy, Josie Shaw as Tim, Wyatt McDaniel as
Mark and Haley Grogan as Jane.

Joining Director Hunter Foster will be a dynamic creative and production team which
includes veteran choreographer Lisa Shriver whose Broadway credits include the 2012
Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Des McAnuff, Ring of Fire, The
Story of My Life and The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin. She is also credited as an
assistant choreographer on over 10 other Broadway productions including The Producers,
Titanic and Oklahoma along with many other credits. Other team members include music
director Matthew Meckes, scenic designer Adam Koch, lighting designer Steve O’Shea,
costume designer Nikki Moody, and sound designer Anthony Vadala. Production and
Technical Director is Scott Little and Cynthia Reid will be stage manager. Rounding out
the team will be Caitlyn Friedberg, properties master, Margot Reed and Eric Mobely,
assistant stage managers, Donnie Williams, wardrobe supervisor/Asst. costume designer,
and Craig Costello, assistant technical director.

A Syracuse Christmas Carol runs from December 12th-22nd at Redhouse Arts Center
located at 400 South Salina Street. On site, paid parking is available in the attached
garage on Clinton Street. For tickets and information for A Syracuse Christmas Carol, call
the Redhouse Arts Center box office at (315) 362-2785 or visit www.theredhouse.org.
Syracuse Christmas Carol sponsors include Season Sponsor: Pathfinder Bank, Show
Sponsors: One Group, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Media Sponsor: Advanced Media
Group and Talkback Sponsor: M&T Bank.

Performance Dates/Times:

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 7:00PM – Preview Night/Post Show Talkback
  • Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 8:00PM – Opening Night/Pre Show Discussion*
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 2:00PM – Matinee
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 8:00PM – Pre Show Discussion*
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 2:00PM – ASL Interpretation Performance/Matinee
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 7:00PM – Newly Added Performance!
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 7:00PM Post Show Talkback
  • Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 8:00PM – Pre Show Discussion*
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 2:00PM – Matinee
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 8:00PM – Pre Show Discussion*
  • Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 2:00PM – Matinee
    • **Pre Show Discussions begin at 7:15PM
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About Red House Arts Center:
Redhouse Arts Center is a nonprofit, multi-arts organization dedicated to the production
and presentation of interdisciplinary works, new theatre, music, visual art, and is a
regional provider of community based arts education. Redhouse supports the creative
process by providing a unique platform for regional, national and international artistic
expressions. Through our public programs and community engagement initiatives,
Redhouse aims to stimulate cultural activities and contribute to community development
throughout Central New York. For more information visit www.theredhouse.org.

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