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St. Luke's to Stage 'Christmas Carol'


December 12, 2019

Lyndsay Link

Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past observe the dancing at the Fezziwig Christmas party in Miracle Productions' "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Altoona." Pictured are (from left): Noah Ott as a younger Ebenezer, Joe Murgo as Mr. Fezziwig, David Wirick as Ebenezer Scrooge, Greg Williams as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Lynnea Burr as Mrs. Fezziwig and Ava Adams as Ebenezer's fiancée, Belle.

Miracle Productions at St. Luke's will present its second annual production of "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Altoona".

The five performances of this holiday classic with a local twist will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, and 14 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 in the auditorium at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets.

Ticket price includes dessert, beverage and bonus entertainment at intermission. Proceeds from the show will benefit St. Luke's Food Pantry and other ministries at St. Luke's, and additional donations for the Food Pantry in cash or kind can be dropped off at the box office on show days.

The show will be directed by Woody and Marilyn Pyeatt, who adapted Charles Dickens' original novella to be set in Altoona, using the premise that local performers are acting the story's roles under the direction of and with narration by Dickens, during one of his visits to America. Those who saw last year's production may notice a number of changes this year, both scenically and through additional musical interludes of Christmas carols and other seasonal favorites.

This cast includes almost 40 actors, from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Some actors are reprising their roles from last year, like E. Bernhard Warg of Phillipsburg (Charles Dickens), David Wirick of Altoona (Ebenezer Scrooge), and Greg Williams of Williamsburg (Christmas Past), while many others, like Dylan Dodson of Altoona (Bob Cratchit/Jacob Marley) are new to the cast.

Tickets are available in advance from cast members and at two Thompson Pharmacy locations: on Chestnut Avenue in Altoona and on Blair Street in Hollidaysburg.

For more information or to reserve tickets to be held at "will call," email [email protected] Tickets can also be purchased at the door on performance days, subject to availability.


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