By Sydney Gross
Second Street Players (SSP) presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol. Performance dates are November 24, 25, and 26, as well as December 1, 2, and 3. Curtain is at 8pm for the Friday and Saturday shows and 3pm for the Sunday shows.
In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite, and a few which are not, engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and in a real Farndale first, wrap their vocal cords, and feet, around two original, show stopping songs.
Director Aubrey Edwards and her cast are excited and ready to bring the classic story of A Christmas Carol to Milford, in a not-so-classic way. The cast of five brings the story to life by portraying more than twenty characters in just two acts.
Aubrey Edwards of Milford is familiar with the show, being a part of it a few years prior. “There have been many late nights, and I even have dreams about it,” Edwards said. Although there has been a lot of stress, the show has come together. Her first time directing by herself, Edwards hopes the audience sees the “superior talent Second Street has to offer and that they leave a bit lighter than when they came in.”
A veteran to the stage and SSP, Don Lonski of Felton takes on twelve roles in the show. A true fan of the classic, Lonski knew that he wanted to come out and audition for the show. He just directed the original A Christmas Carol at Second Street last year and recently taught the show in his drama history class. “I’m not generally a fan of parodies, but I thought this one was very will written,” Lonski said.
Elizabeth Roe, of Lewes, plays the part of Ebenezer Scrooge. For such a vintage story, this take on the character is quite unique. Roe states that her husband has played the part several times before and she is enjoying the excitement of putting her own spin on it. She did take his jacket for the role.
All performances will be held at The Riverfront Theater at 2 South Walnut Street in downtown Milford. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006.
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