Forum Theatre's Christmas Carol: A Local Tradition

Dec 9, 2015

Shaun Michael Morse as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Credit The Forum Theatre Company

This story originally aired during Morning Edition on 12/14/14.

"Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

"Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.” -  Charles Dickens

The Forum Theatre Company of Wichita is presenting their annual musical, A Christmas Carol. The cast, crew, musicians and writers are local and, as KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc found out, even Charles Dickens might like this one.

In 2011, Kathy Page Hauptman realized that most major metropolitan cities had an annual Christmas musical offering. It got her thinking that Wichita needed one too. She was a lover of Dickens' classic novel and was thinking of doing an adaptation of A Christmas Carol with a bit of music thrown in. She approached composer Paul Jackson and writer Conrad Jestmore. It was summertime, but within two months the three had a splendid winter tale with a full blown score.

Video by Aileen LeBlanc.

Chelsey Moore and Shaun Michael Morse in Rehearsal at the Scottish Rite Center.

Video by Aileen LeBlanc.

Brooklynn Profit (Tiny Tim) rehearses her Christmas song as the play prepares for the opening.

The 2015 production of A Christmas Carol opens Thursday, Dec. 10, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 19. The full cast list is below:

(in order of appearance)

Shoppers……….Ted Dvorak, Beki Keraly

Holly Girl and Shopper …………..Alison Bridget Chambers, CL Smet

Carolers………….Erin Mundus, Rose Palmer, Christina DiMattia, Gabbie Miller

Cratchit ……..Aaron Profit

Mrs. Cratchit……….Sunsiere Lee

Tiny Tim………..Brooklynn Profit

Martha Cratchit ……….Lauren Eckels

Cratchit Children………..Tamara Butler, Jaylan Watkins

Beggars ……….Earl Martling, Andrew Horning Scrooge …………..Shaun Michael Morse

Caroline………………CL Smet

Husband…………….Andrew Horning

Defense Solicitor………………Jerry Wehry, Mike Shyrock

Fred……………..Ted Dvorak

Marley …………….Dennis Arnold

Ghost of Christmas Past…………….Meg Parsley

Young Scrooge/Teen Scrooge/Ebbenezer……………….Andrew Horning

Fan……………Rose Palmer

Fezziwig…………..Ted Woodward

Mrs. Fezziwig……………Erin Mundus

Dick Wilkins…………..Ted Dvorka

Belle…………… Beki Keraly

Ghost of Christmas Present…………….Karla Burns*

Fred’s Wife……………..Alison Bridget Chambers

Party Guests……………..Ted Woodward, Christina Dimattia, CL Smet, Jerry Wehry

Ghost of Christmas Future…………Jerry Wehry

Joe The Ragpicker…………..Ted Woodward

Mrs. Dilbert……………Erin Mundus

Charwoman…………Alison Bridget Chambers

Third Rag Woman……………..CL Smet

Fat Man…………..Ted Dvorak

Thin Man…………… Mike Shryock

Businessmen…….Earl Marlting, Andrew Horning

Agnes………….Christine Dimattia

Child With Turkey……….Rose Palmer

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