– Who can bring you Ebenezer Scrooge, Rapunzel, and the Oceano Waterglass Orchestra all in one wonderful evening’s entertainment? Why the professional cast at The Great American Melodrama of course!
No holiday season should be without an evening at The Melodrama to see Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of the true meaning of Christmas, A Christmas Carol. Celebrating its 38th season, The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville features this classic followed by Rapunzel, or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, followed by a Melodrama twist on holiday classics with the Holiday Vaudeville Revue, playing from November 21 through December 31.
A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge (Billy Breed), a stingy, old miser who professes that Christmas is a “Humbug!” despite the pleadings of his nephew, Fred (Alex Sheets) try to bring him Christmas cheer. But Scrooge views Christmas as “a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer” and doesn’t understand why his employee, Bob Cratchit (DJ Canaday) wants the day off or why charity aide workers (Jim Goza and Bethany Rowe) need money for the poor.
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the tortured ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley (Kyle Smith) who comes to Scrooge in hopes of freeing him from his own fate by sending three ghosts to help achieve Scrooge’s transformation. First to arrive is the Ghost of Christmas Past (Hayley Galbraith), who transports Scrooge back in time to reveal glimpses of his childhood and his sister, Fan (Tabatha Skanes). Next comes the Ghost of Christmas Present (Jim Goza) who swoops Scrooge off to witness the family feast of the near-impoverished clerk, Bob Cratchit and his wife (Sarah Smith) and their children (played by Chloe Wasil, Nicholas Houchin, Graciela Maldonado, Dakota Nations and Presley Reed of Nipomo, Jacob Goryance of Arroyo Grande, Ryan Tidmarsh of Grover Beach, and Liam Wittlieb of Santa Maria.) Finally, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come gives Scrooge insight on the “shadows of what may be” if he doesn’t change his ways. This story of redemption has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday. A Christmas Carol is directed by Nova Cunningham, with set design by Brian Williams, lighting design by Tamar Geist and costume and wig design by Renee Van Niel.
Following A Christmas Carol is the fractured fairy-tale musical, Rapunzel or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, with libretto by Marian Partee and Eric Hoit and musical arrangements by Linda Brinkerhoff. This zany twist on a classic fairy tale is “head and shoulders” above the rest. You’ll “wig out” with laughter during this delightful blend of music and comedy, directed by Eric Hoit.
Rounding out the evening is the Holiday Vaudeville Revue, also directed by Hoit. Full of nostalgic songs to warm your heart and comic ones to make you laugh, this revue promises to send everyone out into the night with a smile on their lips and a song in their hearts. Fun and frivolity will be experienced by thousands of family and friends as they celebrate a traditional holiday season at The Great American Melodrama.
The Melodrama offers great food, snacks, desserts, beer & wine at the in-house pub. Many shows are added to the regular schedule to accommodate the demand for this show. A performance calendar may be found at www.americanmelodrama.com. This is the Melodrama’s most popular show of the season, and tickets are selling fast, so reserve now! For information on show times and reservations, call the Melodrama Box Office at 489-2499. The Great American Melodrama has been presenting professional family entertainment since 1975 at its location on Highway 1 in Oceano, three miles south of Pismo Beach.