Ring In The Holidays with A Christmas Carol, The Musical, in Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA—Make your family’s holidays even merrier this year with Pennsylvania Youth Theatre’s (PYT) production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical, running from December 4 to 13 at the Charles A. Brown Ice House in downtown Bethlehem, just a few blocks from the festivities on Main Street. Eighteen songs composed by Alan Menken—who wrote the music for Disney’s The Little Mermaid— help families connect with the story. Showstoppers include “Mr. Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball”—practically a party on the stage—and “Link by Link,” a number with singing and dancing spirits that will leave you on the edge of your seat. “The holiday’s
most endearing and enduring tale is brought to life by our cast of 60 singers, actors, and dancers,” says Jill Dunn Jones, PYT’s artistic director.
Most cast members are Lehigh Valley children ages 6 to 17, but eight adult actors are also involved in the show. Bethlehem resident Jack Armstrong, a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, plays Ebenezer Scrooge. “I hope audiences will find Scrooge off-putting in the beginning, but evolve with him to find wonderment and joy in his redemption,” says Armstrong, who has appeared in numerous other Lehigh Valley productions. “I want audiences to see that the choices we make—both good and bad—tend to shape our lives, and that choosing love is the greatest gift.”
PYT Costume Designer Bill Bauman’s vibrant wardrobe choices help transport the audience back to 19th century London. The set depicts the London cityscape and Scrooge’s Bedroom, where the quintessential ghosts help him (and the audience) discover the true meaning of Christmas.
For Tickets: Premiere Seating: $20; General Admission: Teens and Adults (ages 13 to 64): $15; Children (ages 2 to 12)/Seniors (65 and over): $12. Check performance times and purchase tickets on-line at 123pyt.org or call (610) 332-1400.
About Pennsylvania Youth Theatre: Celebrating its 30th season, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts organization in Bethlehem, PA, with a mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of children and families through the art of theatre. Through a comprehensive performing arts curriculum, literature-based performances, and vigorous outreach programs, PYT challenges children to develop their talents, think creatively, and acquire an appreciation and understanding of the arts.