Hartford Stage announced the youth ensemble cast for the 21st season of A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas. The beloved holiday family favorite will run Friday, November 23, through Saturday, December 29.
Over the past 20 years, Connecticut families have been thrilled by Charles Dickens’ ghostly, heartwarming tale of redemption, which introduced the exclamation “Bah! Humbug!” and popularized the perennial greeting “Merry Christmas.” Adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas is directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Rachel Alderman.
“We are thrilled to welcome 28 children to our youth ensemble this season. They are the heart of our show, bringing much talent, energy and joy to our intergenerational ensemble,” Alderman said. “Also exciting is the geographic diversity of the group, with some cast members participating from as far away as Old Saybrook and Milford, while others are coming from around the corner in Hartford. It truly is Connecticut’s Carol!”
Andrew Michaels, 6, from Wethersfield, and RJ Vercellone, 8, from Milford, will play Tiny Tim in alternating performances.
The youth ensemble cast (in alternating performances) also includes: Isabella Corica, 11, from Ansonia, as Belinda; Ethan DiNello, 7, from Old Saybrook, as Fruit Child and Ignorance; Damien Galvez, 12, from Manchester, as Turkey Boy; Elijah Gibson, 11, from Hartford, as School Boy; Lily Girard, 13, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as Fan; Norah Girard, 8, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as School Boy; Nicholas Glowacki,12, from West Hartford, as Turkey Boy; Brendan Reilly Harris, 11, from Avon, as Boy Scrooge and Boy at Fred’s Party; MaddieKay Harris, 9, from Avon, as School Boy; Tyra Harris, 12, from Bristol, as Townsperson; Max Kerz, 8, from Rocky Hill, as Fruit Child and Want; Emma Kindl, 13, from Marlborough, as Claire; Michkael Jude McKenzie, 11, from Hartford, as Boy Scrooge and Boy at Fred’s Party; Addison Pancoast, 9, from Rocky Hill, as Spoiled Child and Girl at Fred’s Party; Shannen Penn, 9, from Farmington, as Belinda; Meghan Pratt, 10, from Glastonbury, as School Boy; Messiah Price, 9, from Hartford, as School Boy; Divena Rai, 7, from Old Saybrook, as Fruit Child and Ignorance; Tessa Rosenfield, 13, from Hartford, as Fan; Fred Thornley IV, 13, from Colchester, as Peter Cratchit; Jake Totten, 11, from Granby, as School Boy; Ava Vercellone, 11, from Milford, as Claire; Leela Washington-Crowther, 10, from Windsor, as Spoiled Child and Girl at Fred’s Party; Julia Weston, 12, from Hartford, as Townsperson; Anderson Wilder, 6, from Simsbury, as Fruit Child and Want; and Tilden Wilder, 12, from Simsbury, as Peter Cratchit.