Over the past fifteen years one of the highlights of Carlyle’s annual Dickens Village Festival has been Cornerstone Theatre’s Christmas musical. The re-telling of “A Christmas Carol” has become a much-anticipated event, in part because of the group’s ability to present Charles Dickens’ warhorse in a new format almost every year. Past versions have included contemporary, Western and 1950’s, as well as the traditional London setting. Scripts have sometimes been purchased but more often are written by club members, with popular music selections performed by the many talented singers in the group.
This year, in a slight departure from tradition, Cornerstone is proud to present an encore presentation of last year’s original musical, “Carol”. The contemporary Wall Street story, written by Jesse Twietmeyer, with songs composed by Jesse, Dianne and Samantha Twietmeyer, garnered rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. Comments on 2017’s performance included “You really raised the bar this time”, “the best play I’ve ever seen” and “this should be on Broadway”. Many people, cast members included, remarked on the quality and instant familiarity of the songs.
With all of the creative and emotional investment that we have in this show, Cornerstone begs your indulgence in allowing us to perform it for you again. We promise you will not be disappointed. Although some key cast members from last year’s show were unable to return for various reasons, we have found amazing people to replace them. Joining leads Lane Easton, Laurie Fornwald, Homer David, Monte and Wendy McNaughton, Ashton Lisitza and Denise Singleton, and most of the excellent chorus from last year, will be Nancy Marsh as Gwen, Jessica Shirley Dormuth as Sandra, Meryle Cruywels as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Roy Rutagines as the Ghost of Christmas Past. They will be, as usual, backed up by the fabulous Cornerstone pit band, led by Michele Amy.
In addition, in the charitable spirit of Charles Dickens, this year Cornerstone Theatre has decided to donate 10% of all ticket sales to the local food bank. Tickets ($20) are already on sale at Fengche Flowers, 202 Main Street, Carlyle, 306-453-0222. Performances are Friday, November 30that 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 1stat 7:30 pm, and a Sunday matinee, December 2ndat 2:00 pm.
If you saw it last year you already know why you want to see it again. If you didn’t see it last year, run, don’t walk, to Fengche Flowers and get your tickets now! Don’t miss out!