The Stykes-Upon-Thump Repertory Company has performed its farewell tour of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, fourteen times in years past. In its fifteenth year, things don’t go exactly as planned when they arrive in a small London town to perform at a rickety little theatre.
The company’s star, Mrs. Bettina Salisbury, decides not to go on that night in a fit of pique – and expects the performance to be canceled as a consequence. Au contraire, as Dickens’ Charles Darnay might have said – the rest of the company feel the show must go on. Dame Rowena Middleton-Lewis and Mrs. Cordelia ffoliet-ffolkes ffortesscue Woods rearrange their roles so that Mrs. ffoliet-ffolkes ffortesscue Woods can take over for the absent Mrs. Salisbury, and under-prepared understudy Cynthia Imbry is pressed into service.
The result is pure hilarity – but the mayhem only increases when Mrs. Salisbury enters the theatre and sees Mrs. Cordelia ffoliet-ffolkes-ffortescue Woods playing her roles.
The Cheyenne Little Theatre’s production of A Dicken’s Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts, directed by Heidi Teasley, is fun from start to finish.
Dale William stars as Sir Selsdon Piddock, who portrays Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol in a serious and affecting way, against considerable odds.
Rory Mack shows his versatility as Mr. Elyot Crummels, who plays a variety of characters. He also shows his fleetness of foot in two scenes in which he plays not only The Ghost of Christmas Present – but also Bob Cratchit and a party-goer, respectively – at the same time.
Cathie Chadwick as Mrs. Cordelia f-f-f Woods and Julia Van Dyke as Mrs. Bettina Salisbury as the dueling Mrs Cratchits/Partygoers/Bedside Ghouls have a lot of fun with their roles as well.]
Freya Butterfield as the valiant understudy Cynthia Imbry, Vincent Zakig as Teddy Shub (young Scrooge amontg other roles), Nd Jessicalynn Hammond as Dame Rowena Middleton-Lewis shine as well.
The fun extends to the program, which includes a playbill for the Stykes-Upon-Thump Repertory Company and biographies of its actors.
A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts is a must-see this holiday season! It runs over the weekends at the Atlas Theatre in Cheyenne, Wyoming from December 1 – 17, 2017.
- Director – Heidi Teasley
- Assistant Director – Nancy Stange
- Stage Manager – Athena Sones
- Production Assistant – Gadget the Corgi
- Set Design – Maria Thompson
- Costume Design – Connie Sloetsch
- Seamstresses/Tailors – Connie Skoetsch, Kara Gilbert, Jessica Williams, Bobbi Neilsen, Karen Jensen, Becky Ward, Ida Mae Apostolou and Julia Van Dyke
- Hair/Wigs – Phil Armstrong
- Lighting Design – Travis Kirchhefer
- Sound Design – Keefe Van Dyke
- Props – Nancy Stange, Heidi Teasley
- Light Operator – Monica Kluger
- Sound Operator – Keefe Van Dyke
- Stage Crew – Germaine WAlker, Cathy Corso, Sequoia Nelson, Rob Maes, Jennifer Cisneros
- Set Construction – Bob Milburn and Leroy Baluska, Maria Thompson, Rick Hammond, GraceLynn Teasley, Ivy Williams, Terry Chadwick and the cast
- Photography – Cathie Chadwick, Missy Mack