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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Hillbarn Theatre Rings in the Holiday Season with Dickens’ Timeless Tale, “A Christmas Carol”

Dec 07, 2018
by Evan Almdale
By now I am fairly certain that almost everyone in the Western world has had some connection to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” After all it’s been in constant circulation since it was first appeared on the scene in 1843. It has turned up in movies, TV shows, theater productions, cartoons and even comic books.

This classic production is currently playing through December 16 at the Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd.) in Foster City, CA. The performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays–Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

I can tell you without hesitation that the Hillbarn Theatre’s production of this musical version by Alan Menken and Lynn Aherns is at the top of the list. Excellently directed by Dan Demers there is not a single false note in the perfectly selected cast. Standout performances include Chris Reber as the miserly Scrooge, Sammi Hildebrandt as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Randy O’Hara as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Jim Ambler as Bob Cratchit, and Noah Itzkovitz as Tiny Tim. The musical score, directed by Rick Reynolds, is flawless, the songs beautiful and thrilling. Reynolds also directed the 15-person live orchestra. Sharon Peng did an amazing job creating costumes and wigs. Bravo to the entire team!

As the tale goes, Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Do yourself, your family, your friends a favor this holiday season and take them to see this joyous production of A Christmas Carol at the The Hillbarn Theatre. You will not be disappointed, as there will be no ‘bah humbug’ this year!

Run time is approximately 100 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. For tickets or more information please phone (650) 349-6411 ext. 2 or visit www.hillbarntheatre.org.

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Photo caption: Hallie Gremlitz, Brenna Sammon (back left), Randy O’Hara, Jen Martinelli, Christopher Reber, Brian Lindawson (back right), Christine Baker, Jorge Diaz, and Kaitlin Zablotsky in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” (Photo credit: Mark and Tracy Photography)


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