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“A Christmas Carol” at Beef & Boards, Dec. 3-20

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Scrooge and Tiny Tim

Scrooge and Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" at Beef & Boards. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
http://www.beefandboards.com/

In time for the holidays, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents its special one-hour production of the classic Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. Enhanced with music, the timeless tale is live on stage from Dec. 3-20.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly businessman whose bitterness has increased with age. He cares little for the needs of his fellow man, preferring to keep money in his pocket rather than coal on the fire. His employee, Bob Cratchit, faithfully endures the ongoing chill from both his workplace and his boss. Faithfully, he keeps Scrooge in his prayers even through his own family is struggling to survive on the meager salary he earns. The health of Cratchit’s young son, Tiny Tim, is as poor as the family is financially, but Scrooge’s heart is unmoved and his coffers remain unopened.

Scrooge’s inhumanity becomes so intense that it stirs the spirit of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who visits him on Christmas Eve. Marley tells Scrooge he will be visited by three more spirits, and advises him to heed the messages they bring. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come then appear to Scrooge in succession – reminding him of what was, pointing out what is, and showing him what will be should he continue on his present path. Not only will his life be quickly forgotten if he maintains his miserly ways, but those around him face hardships that he could have easily prevented.

Jeff Stockberger stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this story of forgiveness and second chances. Haunting him as the spirits are Erin Cohenour (Ghost of Christmas Past), Jonah D. Winston (Christmas Present) and David Michael Cress (Christmas Yet To Come). Darrin Murrell plays Bob Cratchit and Bobbi Bates plays Mrs. Cratchit. Playing their children are Walker Lasbury as Tiny Tim, Brielle Boynton as Belinda Cratchit and Anthony Prostyakov as Peter Cratchit, with Kayla Bennett returning as Martha Cratchit. Collin Poynter plays the storyteller. Jacob Marley is played by Eddie Curry, and Meaghan Sands and Carrie S. Neal round out the cast.

The show is directed by Elizabeth Stark. Ron Morgan is the choreographer and music is arranged by Michael Hoagland. Jill Kelly is the costumer.

There are 10 performances of this special one-hour version of A Christmas Carol scheduled in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $19 to $32, including Chef Odell Ward’s tasty holiday buffet – complete with carved turkey and all the trimmings – and the show. Parking is always free.

For reservations, call the Box Office at 317-872-9664 between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Discounts are available for groups and children ages 3-15.

For more information or show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

ABOVE: Jeff Stockberger and Walker Lasbury in the Beef & Boards production of A Christmas Carol.

Indy Downtown Smartphone App Released

December 3, 2011 2 comments

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://www.indydt.com/

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. Smartphone App`Downtown Indianapolis visitors, residents and employees rejoice!  A new app is available to serve as a one-stop-shop for all there is to do and see Downtown.

The FREEIndy Downtown” app, powered by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., is the official guide to Downtown…on the go.

The App has unique features including:

Hot Now: Downtown’s newest and best events and promotions.

Find: See what’s nearby on a real-time map using the phone’s GPS.  Looking for a place to eat now? Numerous options are displayed in seconds.  Also search all Downtown destinations including museums, entertainment, performing arts, restaurants, shops, hotels and more.

Events: Wondering what to do this weekend or even next month? Indy Downtown has everything that’s happening, from sporting events and concerts to festivals and theatre performances.

Latest: Get up-to-date Twitter news about Downtown’s latest trends.

Indy Downtown is Amazingly Always New; there’s always something new around every corner.  This app is the official insider’s guide to all that’s happening in our vibrant, clean and FUN Downtown!  Download the Indy Downtown app from the iPhone App Store or Android Market.

The app was officially launched Friday, Nov. 25 at the Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and IBEW 481.  Boost Media & Entertainment, LLC created the app.  Visit www.indydt.com for more info.