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'Scrooge' tradition returns to Palace Theatre stage

BY: Rikki Cason | November 24, 2012

The classic holiday tale of redemption will once again be brought to life on the Historic Palace Theatre stage.

“Scrooge” the musical, a twist on the Charles Dickens story, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

This is the ninth year the show will be performed at the Palace, 2 East Ave., Lockport and has become an annual holiday tradition for people all around Lockport.

“It’s really turned into a community event,” said Director Chris Parada. “It’s been a great thing for the theater. The cast, crew and audience members look forward to it every year.”

Parada said each year many members of the cast return. He said many who started as children in the show are now adults and taking on bigger roles.

There are more than 50 people in this year’s cast from all around Western New York. Actors range from second-grade to adults.

This year’s production will feature new lighting and special effects to enhance the performance.

“I’m excited about that,” said Parada. “It really enhances the show.”

Lockport’s Jack Landrigan will be performing in his ninth “Scrooge” production. He will again be playing the role of Bob Cratchit.

“It’s a show to kick off the Christmas season,” said Landrigan. “It’s an enjoyable show about redemption. It’s a really good theme for Christmas.”

He said each year “Scrooge” starts off Christmas with a bang.

“It’s an age old story that is heartwarming to audiences,” said Landrigan. “It’s great being part of the cast.”

Kathy Dewey will also be performing for the ninth year. She will be playing the role of Mrs. Cratchit.

“It’s all about the holidays,” she said. “The show is not about presents, it’s about finding the true meaning of Christmas.”

Dewey looks forward to performing in “Scrooge” each year. She said the cast has become like a second family to share the holidays with.

She believes audiences will enjoy the musical numbers, including “Fezziwig,” an upbeat song with lots of energy and the ending when the cast sings, “Joy to the World.”

“It shows the true meaning of the show,” said Dewey.

Tickets for “Scrooge” are $18 for adults. $15 for senior citizens and $13 for students with id.

For more information or for tickets visit www.lockportpalacetheatre.org.

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