Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is presenting the South Florida premiere production of the holiday comedy The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge playing now through Dec. 27.
A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England’s most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. One by one, Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, several other well-known characters, and eventually Marley and the ghosts themselves take the witness stand to give their account of that fateful night in question.
It’s the “Trial of the Century” with hysterical courtroom antics.
With the audience feeling as if they are a part of the 1800s style London courtroom, a final verdict awaits. With this all-new, very smart and clever script, worthy of the Dickens original, playwright Mark Brown has created a hilarious new tradition for the holiday season. Directed by award-winning artistic director David Arisco, all of the classic Dickens’ characters return, brought to life by a stellar cast that includes: Kevin Reilley (Ebenezer Scrooge), John Felix (Solomon Rothschild), Gregg Weiner (Judge Pearson), Wayne LeGette (Jacob Marley/Bob Cratchit), Carl Waisanen (Bailiff), Ryan Didato (Fred/Ghost of Christmas Future), Diana D’Ambrosio (Mrs. Cratchit/Sara/Mrs. Dilber/Translator) and Lindsey Corey (Belle/Fan/Ghost of Christmas Past).
“Mark Brown has written a witty and hilarious sequel to the original classic,” Arisco said. “The laughs are plenty, the characters are delightful, and the spirit of the holiday season is ever present.”
The creative team for The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge includes scenic design by Gene Seyffer, set dressing and prop design by Jodi Dellaventura, lighting design by Eric Nelson, sound design by Shaun Mitchell, costume design by Ellis Tillman, and properties design by Jodi Dellaventura.
The show will play through Dec. 27. Evening performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $45, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $53. The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.
Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.