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Scrooge finds life in Bay Area Stage Productions

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FAIRFIELD — Bay Area Stage Productions continues its Christmas classic, “Scrooge: The Musical.”

This marks the third year for the show. It also means a new venue, the Fetterly Playhouse, with a shorter and wider stage than the former location, Vallejo’s Bay Terrace Theatre.

“It’s all smoke and mirrors with us,” said cast member Karen Blumst, in jest. The London backdrop will come courtesy of a video projector.

Jeff Lowe, who played Scrooge the first year, returns as the curmudgeon. Buddy Nash, who played the old man last year, wasn’t able to participate; However, his wife, Jo Nash, is handling the choreography and daughters Bunny and Allee Nash are featured.

Allee Nash, 6, happened to catch a rehearsal of the show and decided she wanted to be one of the children in the cast.

“I’m not nervous at all,” she said before rehearsal got underway Tuesday evening.

Nor was Carlet Langford, who plays Mrs. Cratchit, who said she feels a common bond with her character.

“She’s frustrated her husband is taken advantage of by his stingy boss,” Langford said. “And, the family is suffering for it. I’m married and I can identify with having someone holding back someone you love.”

Langford had a younger brother who was born premature and watched their mother care for him. That helped her identify with the needs of Tiny Tim, who uses a crutch to get around.

She travels from Concord to be part of the cast.

“I wanted to do a show and Scrooge is fun,” Langford said.

Lowe’s life and theater partner, Stacey Loew, is Mrs. Fezziwig. They are also co-directing the musical. Lowe and Loew said new cast members and a new location have helped keep the show refresh. Both are contemplating whether to continue “Scrooge the Musical” next holiday season.

Four musicals in the past year have taken a toll, Loew said.

“We might do something different next year,” Lowe said. Then, if the audience demands the return of Scrooge, he’s willing to consider it, Lowe added.

His favorite actor to play Scrooge was Alastair Sim, who starred in the 1951 movie “A Christmas Carol.”

“That movie is one of my earliest memories,” he said.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

“Scrooge the Musical”

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Dec. 22
  • Fetterly Playhouse, 3467 Sonoma Blvd., Suite 10, Vallejo
  • 649-1053
  • wwwbayareastage.org

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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