A Commedia Christmas Carol

A Commedia Christmas Carol

Tiny Tim & ScroogeMasque Alfresco presents A Commedia Christmas Carol. Come next weekend! Here are comments made after last week’s performance:

It was interactive. It kept you engrossed all the time.

I was in stitches. The cookies were good also!

It reminds you of the important perspective of Christmas.

Come Friday & Saturday on December 12-13 at 7:00 pm at Grace Community Church, 7325 N. Bank St.

Or Sunday matinee December 14th at 2:00 pm at St. Johns Wesleyan Church, 8550 N. St. Louis Ave. off Lombard.

This marks the third year Masque Alfresco has mounted a hilarious, lively version of Christmas Carol. Dickens’ beloved characters have been sifted through the humorously skewed lens of commedia dell’arte, adapted and directed by Fayra Teeters.  In this world Scrooge is a mumbling, fumbling Pantalone; Bob Cratchit is Arlecchino, literally bending over backwards to please; and The Ghost of Christmas Present is a pompous, gibberish-spouting Dottore. The play features company members: Tory Mitchell as Scrooge; Rian Turner as Bob Cratchit and Old Joe; Kenneth Dembo as Marley’s Ghost and Fred; Kathryn Brown as Belle, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future; Mark Friendly as Mrs. Dilber, Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Present; Esther Vegdahl as Mrs. Everybody; and Zoe Russett as Tiny Tim and Little Fanny. These seven actors play 30 characters complete with costume changes. True to commedia tradition, the performance will be interactive, including the church choirs and audience in a “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Sing-Along. Tickets are available at the door: $12 Adults; $10 Seniors; $8 Children. Festive Holiday treats will be available before the show and during intermission. All proceeds will be donated to the Community of Hope, a non-profit association created to help homeless families in North Portland. Sponsored by All One Community Services and the Church of North Portland, the Community of Hope provides shelter, classes, mentoring and support to homeless single mothers and their children. It gives them an opportunity to recover from the trauma of homelessness, build new skills, and work toward providing stable homes for their families. For more information, visit Masque Alfresco website: www.masquealfresco.com or call 503-254-5104.