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Three West Hartford Youth to Appear in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage has announced the Youth Ensemble Cast for the 20th Anniversary Season Production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, and three from West Hartford are included.


Hartford Stage has announced the youth ensemble cast for the 20th anniversary season production of A Christmas Carol– A Ghost Story of Christmas. The beloved holiday family favorite will run Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 30.

United Technologies serves as the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor.

Alexander O’Brien, 7, from Marlborough, and RJ Vercellone, 7, from Milford, will handle the pivotal role of Tiny Tim in alternating performances.

Over the past 19 years, Connecticut families have been thrilled by Charles Dickens’ ghostly, heartwarming tale of redemption, which introduced the exclamation “Bah! Humbug!” and popularized the perennial greeting “Merry Christmas.” Adapted and originally directed byMichael Wilson, A Christmas CarolA Ghost Story of Christmas is now directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Rachel Alderman.

The youth ensemble cast (in alternating performances) also includes: Isabella Corica, 10, from Ansonia, as School Boy; Hunter S. Cruz, 8, from West Hartford, as School Boy; Ethan DiNello, 6, from Old Saybrook, as Fruit Child/Ignorance; Lily Girard, 12, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as Fan; Norah Girard, 7, from Longmeadow, MA, as School Boy; Nicholas Glowacki, 11, from West Hartford, as Turkey Boy; Jaime Han, 8, from Glastonbury, as School Boy; Brendan Reilly Harris, 10, from Avon, as Boy Scrooge/Fred Party; Emma Kindl, 12, from Marlborough, as Claire; Amelia Lopa, 10, from Newington, as Belinda; Timothy McGuire, 10, from Glastonbury, as School Boy; Andrew Michaels, 5, from Wethersfield, as Fruit Child/Ignorance; Majesty-Alexis Moore, 5, from East Hampton, as Fruit Child/Want; Princess-Larrine Moore, 9, from East Hampton, as Spoiled Child/Fred Party Girl; Addison Pancoast, 8, from Rocky Hill, as Spoiled Child/Fred Party Girl; Ethan Pancoast, 13, from Rocky Hill, as Peter; Meghan Pratt, 9, from South Glastonbury, as School Boy; Tessa Rosenfield, 12, from Hartford, as Claire; Ankit Roy, 12, from Ellington, as Boy Scrooge/Fred Party; Sana “Prince” Sarr, 12, from Bridgeport, as Turkey Boy; Taylor Santana, 13, from West Hartford, as Fan; Jordyn Schmidt, 6, from Glastonbury, as Fruit Child/Want; Fred Thornley IV, 12, from Colchester, as Peter; and Ava Vercellone, 10, from Milford, as Belinda.

Information and Special Events

  • Dates & Times – The production runs Friday, Nov. 24, to Saturday, Dec. 30. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and select weekday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
  • Press and Opening Night – Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sensory-Friendly Performance, Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets for this performance are 50 percent off regular ticket prices, starting at $25, to make the theatre-going experience more accessible for families with autism or other sensory sensitivities
  • Audio Described PerformanceSunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss — free service with admission.
  • Open Captioned PerformanceSunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For patrons who are blind or have low vision — free service with admission.
  • Holiday Market DaysSunday, Dec. 3, matinee performance; Saturday, Dec. 9, matinee and evening performances; Sunday, Dec. 10, matinee; Saturday, Dec. 16, matinee; and Sunday, Dec. 17, matinee and evening performances. Local vendors will showcase unique items for purchase in our lobby during performances. Doors will open before the show at 12:30 p.m. for matinee performances, and 6:30 p.m. for evening performances. Booths will be open during intermission and after the show.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 pm., a Community Night performance will be attended by approximately 485 children and adults from 21 local community organizations.

Hartford Stage has held this free performance for the past 14 years, and it has grown into a favorite Hartford holiday tradition. The event is a joyous celebration – often introducing children and young adults to live theatre for the first time. The audience is invited to meet and mingle with the cast of the play immediately following the performance.

“This special performance embodies the true meaning of the holiday season for all of us at Hartford Stage,” said Michael Stotts, Managing Director of Hartford Stage. “There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than seeing this audience smile from ear to ear as they are exiting the theatre, having marveled at the flying ghosts and been moved by the classic story. We are delighted to welcome so many young people from all over Hartford to our theatre, many for the first time.”

Local organizations attending Hartford Stage’s Community Night Performance include: Billings Forge Community Works; Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford and Bristol; Bulkeley High School; Community Renewal Team; Dwight/Belizzi Asian Studies Academy; The Footlights Center for the Performing Arts; Grace Academy; Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts; Lincoln Middle School; Make-A-Wish Connecticut; My Sister’s Place; Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sisters; OPMAD; Our Piece of the Pie; S.A.N.D. Elementary School; Salvation Army; South Park Inn; True Colors, Inc.; The Village for Families and Children; and YWCA New Britain.

Tickets start at $25. For show times and tickets, visit www.hartfordstage.org/christmascarol or contact the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151. Student seats are $15 off the full price, excluding SuperSaver tickets. For group discounts (10 or more), contact Group Sales at 860-520-7114. Group rates are limited to select performances and based on availability.

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