Clear Space Theatre’s 17th season, Here We Go Again, closes with a different version of a holiday classic, “Scrooge the Musical,” with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
Bricusse first wrote the screenplay for the 1970 film before turning the film into a staged musical.
The timeless story follows the plot of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Featuring songs like “A Better Life,” “I Like Life” and “Thank You Very Much,” this score will get attendees into the Christmas spirit.
“Scrooge” comprises a large ensemble cast led by Alan Krisfalusi as Ebenezer Scrooge. This is the first starring role for Krisfalusi. His previous Clear Space roles were in “A Christmas Story,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Elf.” Prior to his roles at Clear Space, Krisfalusi was a patron at Clear Space and a student in the Broadway Legends class. One thing led to another, and this retired human resources executive from New York found himself singing and dancing on stage.
Joining Krisfalusi on stage are other Clear Space Theatre regulars Rick Nazzaro, Dylan Phillips, Dulcena Kemmerlin, Lorraine Leavel, Bryan Whitcomb, Amanda Aris, Jerry Birl and Ernie Ritchey. The cast includes local children from the Spotlight on Young Performers program at Clear Space and other local actors. John Roman Nehrbas, who plays Tiny Tim, was recently seen in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” as Benji.
“Scrooge” is directed by David Button, with music direction by Melanie Bradley and choreography by Autumn Schneider.
Sponsored by Jack Lingo Realtor, “Scrooge the Musical” continues for three more weekends: Friday to Sunday, Dec. 3 to 5, Dec. 10 to 12, and Dec. 17 to 19. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays. Additional matinee performances will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 11.
Tickets for tables for two or four available online. To learn more and purchase tickets, go to ClearSpaceTheatre.org or call 302-227-2270. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Clear Space Theatre requires all patrons to wear a mask inside the building.
Clear Space is located at 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.