A Community Carol A Community Carol Opening Night December 17, 2020 | 7:30 PM A recorded version will be available through Monday, December 21 at 7:30 pm. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Collectively created with our Hartford community On a quiet winter’s night, the cast of Hartford Stage’s annual A Christmas Carol has Zoomed together to read the famous story in honor of what would have been the 23rd season. But, as the spine of the book cracks open, the cold wind sweeps in, the lights flicker, the Wi-Fi is unstable and the spirits that haunt its pages guide us on a journey through a story we thought we knew so well. Hartford Stage presents A Community Carol, a virtual storytelling experience adapted and directed by Rachel Alderman and created in partnership with our beloved returning Christmas Carol cast members, local artists, Hartford neighbors and area theater students. Community Candle Lighting Join us before the show at 7 pm for a community candle lighting ceremony! (Please note: The commemorative Community Carol candle is sold out, but you can still join us with your own candle!) Important Info Approximate Running Time 60 minutes Recommended Age Recommended for the entire family! View the Playbill Tickets are FREE with a suggested donation to Hartford Stage’s Raise the Curtain fundraising campaign. Get Tickets & Donate Your donation will help us raise the curtain on the next chapter of our theatre’s history. Thanks to a generous friend of Hartford Stage, all donations for A Community Carol will be matched! Exclusive Presenting Sponsor: COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS We are so grateful for the artistic exploration and creative contribution of over 80 individuals to this new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Many drafts and journeys helped us get to the creation of our final digital story. Below are songs, videos and more for you to experience in their original format. Many of these have been incorporated into our final production, maybe existing as underscoring, a short burst of visual joy or a layered bit of holiday light. Please enjoy everyone’s artistry! Maybe it will inspire you to make something of your own. If you do, be sure to share it with us @hartfordstage #communitycarol Capital Community College and Hartt School Partnerships Directing students at Capital Community College and acting students at the Hartt School spent time this autumn exploring themes, text and imagery present in A Christmas Carol. Many of their ideas, represented in videos here, informed creative decisions that were made in the building of our story and in the final edit of the virtual experience. Capital Community College – Assignment Example: A one-minute composition inspired by a moment or a line in A Christmas Carol. Youth Ensemble Christmas Songs and Carols Each year our young artists are the primary carolers of A Christmas Carol. This year, while they couldn’t sing together, they still were able to lend their voices to our production. Press Hartford Courant: Hartford Stage reinvents ‘Christmas Carol’ as free, online Community Carol New Haven Arts: Hartford Stage Zooms In On A Christmas Carol Journal Inquirer: A Community Carol Opens Tonight Cast and Community Partners As of 12/14/2020. Our community partners continue to grow! A Christmas Carol Returning Ensemble Vanessa R Butler* Robert Hannon Davis* Kenneth De Abrew* Rebecka Jones* Sarah Killough* Shauna Miles* John-Andrew Morrison* Michael Preston* Buzz Roddy* Alan Rust* Noble Shropshire* Terrell Donnell Sledge* With Performances by: Devé-Ann Bennett Dejé Bennett Anne Cubberly Malena Gordo Barbara Karger Destini Stewart A Christmas Carol Youth Ensemble The Hartt School Capital Community College Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus Pedro Cirilo Coral Marcelino Diaz Jr. Marcelino Diaz III Julio Diaz Alejandro Mena Nelson Mena The Very Rev. Migeulina Howell and Jorge Pallares of Christ Church Cathedral Revs. Heather & Cathy Rion Starr of the Unitarian Society of Hartford Rabbi Donna Berman of Charter Oak Cultural Center – – – Youth Ensemble: Emma Billings Camden Bouley Owen Bouley Delia Canarie Isabella Corica Fred Faulkner Damien Galvez Samuel Grear Addison Guarino Maxwell Kerz Michkael McKenzie Ali McLarin Ezra Mendes Andrew Michaels Princess-Larrine Moore Alexander O’Brien Benjamin O’Brien Addison Pancoast Shannen Penn Meghan Pratt Tessa Rosenfield Fred Thornley IV Ava Vercellone RJ Vercellone Anderson Wilder Breakdancing Shakespeare Dancers: Eileen Cannon Brandon Couloute Loren Milledge Travis Wrotten Capital Community College Students: Krizzia Cruz Vivi Florez Ashley Morgan Manny Moura Kai Straughn The Hartt School Ensemble: Emma McKeen, Jarrett Cordeiro Eddie Cruz, Jr. Emily Dziob Liam Gerard Jack Robert Harding Matthew Katsigianis Rose Kortrey Vilinda McGregor Erin Proctor William Reilly Christopher Andrew Rowe Dana Tortora Creative Team Adapter and Director Rachel Alderman Video Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson Sound Designer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca Assistant Director Zoë Golub-Sass Dramaturg Sally Lobel Videographer Alonzo L. Beckett of NE Video Audio/Visual Coordinator Lucas Clopton *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.