A ghostly reappearance at Concord City Auditorium

  • LEFT: Look for actor George Piehl as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, along with dozens of regional performers in Friday and Saturday productions of “A Christmas Carol, the Musical Ghost Story” at the Concord City Auditorium.

  • “A Christmas Carol, the Musical Ghost Story” returns to the stage at the Concord City Auditorium with three performances Friday and Saturday, including a Saturday matinee. Photos courtesy of Joel Mercier

  • "A Christmas Carol, the Musical Ghost Story" returns to the stage at the Concord City Auditorium on Dec. 7 and 8 with three performances, including a Saturday matinee. KATHERINE GRIFFITHS—Courtesy of Joel Mercier

  • A photo illustration shows Scrooge (John Conlon) peering at a figure in the smoke of his candle. —Courtesy of Joel Mercier

Monitor staff
Published: 12/5/2018 4:46:56 PM

For the second year in a row, Joel Mercier will be bringing his original adaptation A Christmas Carol: The musical ghost story to the Concord City Auditorium.

The Musical Ghost Story is a darker – but still family-friendly – retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. And while the original is typically performed as a play with carols, Mercier’s version is a musical with original compositions.

This year’s show will feature some returning favorites, as well as new faces.

As lead characters, George Piehl will appear as the Ghost of Jacob Marley; John Conlon as Scrooge; Michael Pantanella as Bob Cratchit; Catherine Cormier Martinez as Belle; Ellen Burger, Caity Jeanne Glover, and Cheri Birch as the ghosts of past, present and future; and Alan “AJ” Soares as Tiny Tim.

The cast in Concord will also include Ryan Flaherty; Alessandra Sargent; Nathan Baylus; Shane Ess; Trinity Mathews; Amy Agostino; Garrett Meyer; Angelo Gentile; Debra Buckley; Andrew Gibson; Deirdre Hickok Bridge; Irene Schultz; Mark Kelly; Daniel Adams; Kaylee Bertrand; Margaret Fair; Anna Jodka; and Ryleigh O’Keefe.

Shows will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for youth, $18 for seniors and $20 for adults.

The the spirit of generosity that stikes Scrooge’s heart, the show is partnering with two groups.

The Capital Region Food Program will also be collecting canned food at the show. The Boys and Girls Club will be receiving free tickets.

There will also be shows Dec. 15 and 16 at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, where Mercier is artistic director.

For tickets or more information, visit achristmascarolthemusical.com.

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