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FROM THE ARTISTIC/MANAGING DIRECTOR

Welcome to our very merry, if somewhat isolated and strange, holiday season celebration. It seems like it has been forever since our last ACT production in February. We miss you and are pleased to make at least some connection with you, if not in person, then on-line. 
Thanks so much for your support! We appreciate every 2020 season subscription which you converted to a 2020 Season contribution. We wouldn’t be here without your generous help. 70% of our subscribers converted to a contribution. You got us through our 2020 season, which ended November 30th. Our new fiscal year began a few days ago on December 1st. Unfortunately, this pandemic is still raising its’ ugly head and we’ll need your continued support as we move into 2021.
Normally, we’d now be selling subscriptions, which would be our seed money for beginning our next season. This year, since Covid-19 won’t let us plan too far down the road, we will not be selling subscriptions and that will leave us $80,000 short as we begin 2021. We hope you will help by making a contribution in at least the amount of your normal season subscription, yet this year, in December, or as soon as possible in 2021. You will be receiving information on how to help by mail or email soon. You can always go to AberdeenCommunityTheatre.com to help at any time with our 2021season efforts.

Although we have furloughed some staff and the rest are only working between 50% - 75% of normal, we have been accomplishing a lot in the Capitol Theatre facility, even as we have been forced to curtail our theater productions.  I’d like to thank Brian Schultz and all the ACT staff for all their efforts on this hybrid radio adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” And to all our wonderful ACT volunteers, thank you, thank you for mounting this show during this pandemic. And of course, to you, our audience, thank you and have the merriest of holidays possible, and we hope this production will start it off. 
We look forward to a more normal 2021, but count our blessing now in 2020.
Take care.

James L. Walker

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Merry Christmas!  Whether you’re here at the theater live and in person or watching online from the comfort of your computer screen, thank you for joining us for this enhanced radio adaptation of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”  It’s our sincere wish that this moment in time finds you happy, healthy and safe.
    I’ve been asked over and over again what an ‘enhanced radio adaptation’ means.  Simply, I found Mr. Palermo’s radio script, meant to be done in a radio style:  actors holding scripts, standing in front of microphones; sound effects artists off to the sides rattling chains and clomping shoes; pre-recorded music playing in the background – while your ears and imaginations fill in the rest.  The enhancement comes from all the video elements we’re adding.  There are myriad reasons for adding video to this show.
    For the live show, everyone that Scrooge interacts with in real life will appear onstage.  Everyone else – who appears in visions or memories – will appear onscreen.
    For the online version, everyone appears onscreen – and it gives you something to look at while you’re listening to the show.
    When we started this process back in September, we had no idea what the state of our community would be once December rolled around.  This process has not only allowed us to work together in very small groups, but should someone need to quarantine, the production could still move forward.
    Speaking on behalf of ACT’s board of directors, staff and volunteers, we find ourselves at this moment full of gratitude. 
    We’re grateful to have the opportunity to offer you “A Christmas Carol” to help kick off this holiday season.  It’s been a long road since shutting down in March, and it’s a blessing to be able to come together – as a community – and create something the whole community can enjoy.  This truly has been a community effort, from the actors and crew to the visual artists whose original work you’re about to see (also hanging in the Jane West Gallery).
    We’re also grateful to have been able to offer some programming over the course of the year – from our popcorn events, to our Rock the Marquee production; Storybook Land Theatre and Improv show.  You can still find all of those online. 
    And, of course, we are endlessly grateful for the financial support you have given your community theater.  Whether you converted your season subscription into a contribution, made other donations throughout the year, or some combination of both, we wouldn’t still be here without you.
    Thank you.

    We’re not out of the woods yet, though.  Until we’re able to get back to offering a full season of productions again, your continued financial support will be critical.  In the meantime, we will continue to try to find ways to offer high quality productions you’ve come to expect from ACT.  Whether it be live, online, or some combination, we’re committed to bringing you our very best.  Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.
    And so for now, let us all count our blessings and please let us know what you think of this most unique, socially-distant, enhanced radio version of “A Christmas Carol.”  Thank you again for joining us.

Brian T. Schultz

Aberdeen Community Theatre presents
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted for radio from Charles Dickens’ novella by Anthony E. Palermo
Original musical score composed & arranged by Anthony E. Palermo

CAST
Announcer...........................................................JAMES L. WALKER
Narrator (video).................................................DEENA RONAYNE

Narrator (stage)..........................................................HALEY SALEM
Ebenezer Scrooge.................................COURTNEY ROTT, JR.
Young Caroler.................................................LANDON BARSTAD
Fred.......................................................................JASON HONERMAN
Bob Cratchit.................................................................JOHN VOGEL *

Poole..............................................TERESA LEVSEN-GAROFALO
Lamb.......................................................EMILY SUSANNAH DAVIS
Marley’s Ghost..................................MACKINLEY BRUEMMER
First Spirit......................................................RACHEL MORRISON *

Fan Scrooge...................................................................ANIKA BERG *

Mr. Fezziwig.........................................MACKINLEY BRUEMMER
Belle..........................................................................................FAITH NELL
Second Spirit......................................................KANE ANDERSON
Mrs. Cratchit..............................................................TRACY VOGEL *
Peter Cratchit.................................................................COEN VOGEL
Belinda Cratchit...............................................PENELOPE VOGEL
Martha Cratchit.............................................................ALICE VOGEL
Tiny Tim Cratchit..............................................................EVA VOGEL
Helen....................................................MICHELLE SCHAUNAMAN
Party Guests..............................................................EMILY MAGERA
................................................................................THOMAS CARLSON *
.....................................................................................TAMIE NICKELSON
Ignorance..................................................................JAYDEN NERDIG
Want......................................................................................KAI NERDIG *
Third Spirit...........................................................RYAN PEDERSON *
Merchants.....................................................................ABIGAIL YATES
.....................................................................................................LEVI ATKINS
............................................................................................HOPE PATTON *
Charwoman........................................................DIANE LEITHEISER
Old Joe...........................................................................SETH DUNCAN
Mrs. Dilber.......................................................................LORI HARMEL
Buck.............................................................BRAELYNN MALSBURY
Sound Effects Artists...........................................GARY DARLING
..........................................................................................DAISY WILLIAMS
..............................................................................................LILY WILLIAMS
.......................................................................CHARLOTTE GRANDPRE

CREW
Director...................................................................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ
Assistant director/stage manager..................IRINA JONES
.....................................................................................................PAIGE TIEDE
Lighting & sound design..........................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ

Scenic design & set crew...................RYAN SCOTT YUILLE
.....................................................................................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ
Set crew..................................................................SANDY SULLIVAN
.....................................................................................................PAIGE TIEDE
Sound board operator................................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ

Light board operator...............................................................
Costumes.............................................EMILY SUSANNAH DAVIS

Props.......................................................................................PAIGE TIEDE
..............................................................................................ABIGAIL YATES
................................................................................RYAN SCOTT YUILLE

Video art.....................................................................HAVEN BRUNES

...........................................................................................SUSIE EWINGER

...............................................................................................KATIE OLSON *

...................................................................................TROY MCQUILLEN *

..............................................................................JULIA FRIEDRICHSEN

............................................................................................AUYON (ACE) I. *

Recording/video engineers..................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ

....................................................................................................IRINA JONES

Sound mixing/editing................................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ

Video editing.............................................................GARY DARLING

............................................................................................STEVEN HUBER

.....................................................................................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ

ACT PRODUCTION STAFF
ACT artistic/managing director...........JAMES L. WALKER
ACT assoc. artistic/managing director ......................................

.....................................................................................BRIAN T. SCHULTZ
Technical director.....................................RYAN SCOTT YUILLE
Technical assistant.......................................................PAIGE TIEDE
Box office manager.............................................STEVEN HUBER
Marketing director.................................................GARY DARLING
Office assistant....................................................DAN MCQUILLEN
Box office........................................................................JULI SCHULTZ
House manager.....................................................STEVEN HUBER

 

* denotes ACT debut

ACT SPECIAL THANKS
Haven Brunes, Dacotah Prairie Museum, Dakota Broadcasting, Susie Ewinger, Julia Friedrichsen, Steven Huber, Auyon (Ace) I., Troy McQuillen, Katie Olson, Pauer Sound & Music / Scott & Renita Sauer, Alex Bartlett, INSERT ADVERTISERS HERE IN ALPHA ORDER

  • Kane Anderson

    Second Spirit

    Kane Anderson

    Kane is the Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Northern State University. Locally, he appeared onstage in ACT's Inconsequential Dreams and in several improv performances. He also acted with Storybook Land Theatre last summer, and is the new Artistic Director for the Northern Fort Playhouse.

  • Levi Atkins

    Merchant

    Levi Atkins

    Levi is a 7th grader at Simmons. He was previously in The Little Mermaid and Bridge to Terabithia. When he's not onstage Levi enjoys singing and playing basketball. Enjoy the show and have a Merry Christmas!

  • Landon Barstad

    Young Caroler

    Landon Barstad

    Landon is an 11 year old, 5th grade student at Lincoln Elementary and lives in Aberdeen with his mom and dad and 3 older sisters. He enjoys playing with his dog, Bear, drawing, Legos, singing, dancing, acting, riding his bicycle, and is active in Cub Scouts. He is a proud member of the All-City Choir. Landon was last seen in "Bridge to Terabithia."

  • Anika Berg

    Fan Scrooge

    Anika Berg

    Anika in her debut performance at the Aberdeen Community Theatre. She is a fourth grader at Simmons Elementary. In her free time she enjoys dancing, singing, writing and illustrating short stories. When she gets older she wants to be cosmetologist or author; maybe both for character development.

  • MacKinley Bruemmer

    Marley's Ghost & Fezzywig

    MacKinley Bruemmer

    MacKinley is a student of theatre at Northern State University in his seventh semester. Past roles include Robert in Boeing Boeing, and Jervis Pendleton in Daddy Long Legs with the Northern Fort Playhouse, Bruce in Fun Home, and Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with NSU, as well as Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and the ensemble of All is Calm with Aberdeen Community Theatre.

  • Thomas Carlson

    Party Guest

    Thomas Carlson

    Thomas lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Britni. Currently He is attending Bethel Seminary for his Doctorate in Ministry. Thomas is an ordained minister and love being involved with our community. He is excited to be making his ACT debut.

  • Lamb

    Emily Susannah Davis

    Emily is thrilled to be back on the ACT stage after a three year break in Colorado where she earned her Masters in Music! Emily was most recently seen in Storybook Land Theatre this past summer in her sixth season. She is very grateful to be able to return to her roots and continue performing during these unusual times.

  • Seth Duncan

    Old Joe

    Seth Duncan

    Seth resides in Groton with his wife Kayla and their two children. He has done productions with his high school in Groton in the past but this is his first with the ACT. Seth currently works for Quality Quick Print in Aberdeen and is the boys' high school soccer coach in Groton. He enjoys spending his time outdoors or listening to movie soundtracks.

  • Lori Harmel

    Mrs. Dilber

    Lori Harmel

    A veteran of ACT, Lori most recently portrayed Vern in "Bingo! The Winning Musical" and Mavis Busk in ACT's AACTFest entry, "Mavis Pleads the Fourth" where she received an Outstanding Lead Actress Award at the Regional Festival in Brainerd, MN. Lori enjoys volunteering in all aspects of community theater and is married to Matthew, a fellow ACT veteran. They have two children, Gabriel and Jillian.

  • Jason Honerman

    Fred

    Jason Honerman

    Jason made his ACT debut in 2013s production of Young Frankenstein after spending considerable time on and back stage as a student of NSU. He currently works as a tattoo artist and piercer at Shrunken Head Tattoos. Jason is excited to lend a hand in this production to help bring some theatre to Aberdeen during these difficult times.

  • Diane Leitheiser

    Charwoman

    Diane Leitheiser

    Diane a ten year volunteer, Diane was last seen as on stage as Rosie in Mamma Mia. Diane is excited to be back on stage again in this classic show. Diane teaches Family & Consumer Sciences at Simmons Middle School and directs the school play. She loves to quilt and bake in her spare time.

  • Teresa Levsen-Garofalo

    Poole

    Teresa Levsen-Garofalo

    Teresa made her ACT stage debut at age 8, portraying a music-box ballerina in a 1981 holiday production called "Christmas Windows." As an adult, she loves watching her children on stage, and volunteering as House Manager. This is her first ACT on-stage appearance since "Music Man" in 1990 (chorus).

  • Emily Magera

    Party Guest

    Emily Magera

    Emily graduated of the University of Sioux Falls with degrees in Communication Studies and Theatre with a Music minor. She is currently substitute teaching for the Aberdeen District. At USF she was very active in the fine arts department and served as President for both Student Theatre Advisory Board and Concert Chorale. She is grateful to ACT for producing theatre during these difficult times.

  • Buck

    Braelynn Malsbury

    Braelynn is an 8th grader at Holgate Middle School. This is her first time participating in the ACT theatre. She loves acting and music. She plays the trumpet, piano, and the violin. She is is in choir, show choir, and jazz band. She plays volleyball and is involved in TATU and student senate.

  • Rachel Morrison

    First Spirit

    Rachel Morrison

    Rachel is a newcomer to the ACT stage but is no stranger to the theater community in Aberdeen. Rachel was part of the Storybook Land Theatre company in 2017 and 2018. She is currently a masters student at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Rachel is always ready for Christmas and is so excited to make her ACT debut in A Christmas Carol!

  • Faith Nell

    Belle

    Faith Nell

    Faith is a senior at Aberdeen Christian School. A Christmas Carol is her second time on the ACT stage, the first being her performance as Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. She loves being involved in theater and choral opportunities in her community and at school. The most memorable part of this production was awkwardly rehearsing sobs at home while her family cheered her on.

  • Jayden Nerdig

    Ignorance

    Jayden Nerdig

    Jayden is 9 years old and attends OM Tiffany as a 3rd grader. He is active in sports, 4H, YPT, plays the ukulele, and swims competitively. His favorite part of being in the play is the opportunity to be on the stage.

  • Kai Nerdig

    Want

    Kai Nerdig

    Kai is 6 years old. She attends kindergarten at OM Tiffany. This is her ACT debut. Her favorite part of being in the play was putting on the makeup. Kai is a veteran of the stage as she also does dance at the Living Art Studio.

  • Tamie Nickelson

    Party Guest

    Tamie Nickelson

    Tamie strives to better herself and strengthen her family. She and her husband, Dan of 19 years together are raising their children Brandyn, Kierah, and Eli. She coached High School Oral Interpretation and One Act Play. Tamie took 1st place at the 2020 Toastmasters International Area Speech Contest and has been seen in Shrek 2, Tony and Tina's Wedding, melodramas, and other various performances.

  • Hope Patton

    Merchant

    Hope Patton

    Hope is from Aberdeen, South Dakota. In past productions she has played as June Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner and was part of the ensemble in both Beauty and the Beast and Newsies. She also played Lady Rowena in the One Act One Upon a Mattress and was part of the ensemble in "Clue: The Musical."

  • Third Spirit

    Ryan Pederson

  • Deena Ronayne

    Narrator

    Deena Ronayne

    Deena is very happy to be in her first ACT production!  Since moving to Aberdeen 2 years ago, Deena has been running her marketing/theatrical firm, Hardly Working Promotions LLC, with both her east coast clients and a growing base here in South Dakota.  Follow Hardly Working Promotions on all social media platforms for more info and thank you for supporting the arts!

  • Courtney Rott, Jr.

    Ebenezer Scrooge

    Courtney Rott, Jr.

    Courtney has volunteered at ACT for over 30 years beginning with "Oklahoma!" (1989) and most recently in "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914" (2019). He appeared in 100 performances of "A Christmas Carol" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and he is excited to revisit this story that means so much to him. He is the proud father of twins Ava & Jackson.

  • Haley Salem

    Narrator

    Haley Salem

    Haley is excited for yet another production with ACT. She is an alum from NSU and participated in many shows during her four years. Haley lives in Aberdeen with her husband, Aaron, and her two furbabies. She keeps busy running her and her husband's business, Diamond Dry Cleaning. When she isn't working or doing theater, Haley enjoys macrame, subversive cross stitch, and any crafty projects.

  • Michelle Schaunaman

    Helen

    Michelle Schaunaman

    Michelle has been busy offstage writing plays and co-authoring a local screenplay. Her full-length play, Inconsequential Dreams, was workshopped and stage read at the Capitol Theatre in January of 2020. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for the local film Natural Selection, and her Children's Radio Play, Fuzzy and Brown Bear Go Fishing!

  • John Vogel

    Bob Cratchit

    John Vogel

    John is usually seen in the Capitol as an usher, but was last on stage in Inherit the Wind back in 2006. When not hanging around the theater, John is a teacher and tennis coach at CHS. John was talked into doing this production by his lovely wife who told him it would be fun. She was right.

  • Tracy Vogel

    Mrs. Cratchit

    Tracy Vogel

    Tracy is making her ACT debut. She runs her own photography business of 15 years & is an ESL EA at Lincoln Elementary. She enjoy's spending time with her husband, 4 children & 2 bulldogs. She has an affinity for old historic home restoration and PBS shows. She was excited about this opportunity to join in the "ACT" with her family in such a wonderful classic Christmas tale.

  • Martha Cratchit

    Alice Vogel

    Alice is a 10th grader at CHS, she is involved in many extracurricular activities including, tennis, student senate, show choir, dance and theater. She has been in many other YPT productions such as The Little Mermaid and Aladin. She was cast in the spring musical at Central as Little Red in, Into the Woods, but it was unfortunately cancelled. She hopes you enjoy the show!

  • Coen Vogel

    Peter Cratchit

    Coen Vogel

    Coen is a 8th grader in Orchestra, show choir, & Tennis. He enjoys reading fiction series such as the Lord of the Rings, building with legos, and producing his own youtube show, Saturday Morning Recorded. Recently you could have seen him in YPT's production of James and the Giant Peach and ACT's Bridge to Terabithia.

  • Penelope Vogel

    Belinda Cratchit

    Penelope Vogel

    Penelope is a 4th grader who likes to read, play the piano and be part of YPT. She was last on stage in James & The Giant Peach. She'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank them for watching the show.

  • Eva Vogel

    Tiny Tim Cratchit

    Eva Vogel

    Eva is a 2nd grader who likes adventures with her family. She also really likes school and singing Hamilton songs. Her favorite animals are sloths. Last spring she made her YPT debut in James and The Giant Peach.

  • Announcer

    James L. Walker

  • Merchant

    Abigail Yates

  • Gary Darling

    Sound Effects Artist

    Gary Darling

    Gary is happy to be a part of another production at ACT. Hopefully, this time will not require a cane as he did after tearing his meniscus in “Bridge to Terabithia.” He would like to thank his lovely wife, Heather, and three kids. Without their support this would not be possible. We hope you enjoy the show thanks for supporting the local arts.

  • Charlotte Grandpre

    Sound Effects Artist

    Charlotte Grandpre

    Charlotte is excited to volunteer for her first show ever after being a technician at ACT a few years ago. Foley art is one of her favorite things when it comes to video games and film, so being a part of the sound effects team for this show is a joy! She loves spending time with her husband and daughter and creates films for ministries and non profits in various parts of the world.

  • Sound Effects Artist

    Lily Williams

  • Daisy Williams

    Sound Effects Artist

    Daisy Williams

    Daisy has participated in ACT/YPT productions for around six years. Her largest role was Sponge in the YPT show James and the Giant Peach Jr. This is her first show with a crew part rather than a cast part. She participates in online schooling, and is obsessed with the color pink. She would like to thank her mom for always being her biggest cheerleader.

  • Assistant director/stage manager

    Irina Jones

    Irina is a 10th grader at Aberdeen Christian School. She plays the flute in her school’s Chamber Band. She is the middle child of three with an older brother, Wesley, and a younger sister, Lucy. She has a dog named Jack and a guinea pig named Cinder.

  • Brian T. Schultz

    Director

    Brian T. Schultz

    Brian resides in Aberdeen with his wife, Juli, and two daughters. His is also ACT’s associate artistic/managing director and SBLT’s director. Schultz received Best Supporting Actor in the AACT 2009 national festival for his role as Russ Renner in ACT’s “How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical” and Comprehensive Creativity in the 2013 AACT Region V festival for his work on “The Top Job!” After winning first place in the 2015 South Dakota State Chili CookOff, he competed in the World Chili CookOff in Reno, NV in fall 2015.

  • Paige Tiede

    Stage Manager

    Paige Tiede

    Paige last worked with ACT as the assistant stage manager for "Bridge to Terabithia" You may have also seen her onstage with Storybook Land Theatre as a season cast member. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in theatre tech and design with a focus in Stage Management.

THEATRE RULES

  • The video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

  • Please turn off watch alarms and cellular phones or leave them, as well as your seat location, with an usher.

  • The Capitol Theatre is equipped with assistive listening devices. Ask an usher for details or go to the gallery concession counter to get one.

  • Late seating at intermission only.

  • South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

PERFORMANCES ACT maintains a firm policy of not canceling any performance due to weather. We urge all ticket holders to make every effort to attend. In the event that travel proves impossible at performance time, ticket holders may inquire at
ACT’s office the next business day. ACT will make alternative arrangements, excluding refund, when possible.


ACCESSIBILITY Wheelchair seating arrangements should be made by informing ACT at the time of ticket purchase.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES The Capitol Theatre is now equipped with a Hearing Loop system, which transmits sound to hearing aids with T-coils. Those without hearing aids or without T-coils may check out an assistive listening device. Ask an usher for details or go to the Jane West Gallery to check one out. You will need a driver’s license or credit card to leave as a deposit. Devices must be returned immediately after the show.

EXITS Please familiarize yourself with all emergency routes and exits closest to you.

 

DONALD H. HALL
1925-2008
Co-Founder of ACT Honoree of ACT’s Donald H. Hall Scholarship, assisting ACT volunteers attending NSU. For more information or to contribute to this scholarship endowment fund, contact ACT at (605) 225-2228.

JANE WEST (REDMOND) was a lover of all visual and performing arts. Her involvement in the nurture of these was evident in the early efforts to procure the Capitol Theatre building for the Aberdeen Community Theatre. The Jane West Gallery is dedicated to her memory.

ACT is a proud member of the American Association of Community Theatre info@aact.org www.aact.org

Support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota through the Department of Tourism and State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts

Office of Arts • 800 Governors Drive • Pierre, SD 57501-2294
www.sdarts.org

605-773-3131 • In State 800-423-6665

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Warren Redmond, President
Linda Peterson, Vice-President
Linda Bartholomew, Treasurer
Kathy Stuck, Secretary

 

MEMBERS AT LARGE
Linda Batteen, Barb Evans, Dave Nikolas
and Vicki Lust
Rory King, Legal Counsel

 

STAFF
James L. Walker, Artistic/Managing Director
Brian T. Schultz, Associate Artistic/Managing Director
Gary Darling, Marketing Director
Steven Huber, Financial and Box Office Manager

Paige Tiede, Technical Assistant

Scott Yuille, Technical Director

Aberdeen Community Theatre (ACT) is a not-for-profit community theater serving the greater Aberdeen area. It is a member of the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, Arts South Dakota, Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, American Association of Community Theatre.

P.O. Box 813, 417 S. Main Street, Aberdeen, SD 57402 

(605) 225-2228  FAX (605) 226-5494 • act@nvc.net

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