A different take on ‘A Christmas Carol’


Players (from left) Winston Schaffer, Katherin Gauthier, Jacqueline Defriece and Latisha Fields are pictured during dress rehearsal of the Bellevue Society for the Arts production of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol.” Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present the show at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in The Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for those age 60 and older and for children and students through grade 12. In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount an assault on a classic with their stage version of “A Christmas Carol.” They enthusiastically portray a dizzying array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive public address system, and a real Farndale first: wrap their vocal cords (and feet) around two original, show-stopping songs. The production is directed by Jerry Beck of Sandusky with Adaleine Jackson of Huron as the accompanist and Eric Batts of Sandusky as stage manager. The cast includes DeFriece, Vickery, as Mrs. Reece; Janet Wittenmyer, Willard, as Thelma; Gauthier, Huron, as Mercedes; Fields, Bellevue, as Felicity; Schaffer, Bellevue as Gordon; and Cathy Schaffer, Bellevue, in a variety of roles.