Holiday classic returns to Camden Opera House

Dec 06, 2012
London Street people rejoice "Oh What A Lovely Mood We're In!" at the news of Scrooge's demise in "A Christmas Carol." From left are Robin Jones, Kathryn Snyder, Christine West, Scott Anthony Smith and Jay Rosenberg.

Camden — Everyone is invited to take in a heart-warming, one-weekend-only stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Award-winning scenic designer and director John Bielenberg of Belfast created this innovative, musically-spirited production. John Burstein (also known as Slim Goodbody) returns in a spell-binding performance as Scrooge. Paul Hodgson, artistic director of Everyman Repertory Theater, is breathing new “life” into the ghost of Marley.

The journey through Ebenezer Scrooge's past, urged on by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-To-Come, is a timeless gem, magically transformed into a musical production by a troupe of actors on a wintery night for a special little girl. Also in the cast are Christine West, Jay Rosenberg, Jeff Spera, Ilianna Kahn, Scott Anthony Smith, Makaila Gould, Robin Jones, Leah Cook Smith, Kathryn Snyder and Audrey Lane. Joani Mitchell is the show’s musical director.

Special pre-show performances will be presented by choruses from Hope Elementary School on Friday night, Lincolnville Central School on Saturday night and the Riley School on Sunday. Leah Winchenbach and Lucas Fisher from Bay Chamber Community Music School, will perform during the intermission on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and $6 for children younger than 12. They are available online at; by calling 470-7066; and at HAV II in Camden and City Drawers in Belfast. Tickets also are available at the box office before each performance.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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