A Christmas Carol. A Ghost Story of Christmas. by Charles Dickens adapted and performed by Paul Morella OLNEY THEATRE CENTER

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A Christmas Carol A Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens adapted and performed by Paul Morella

This production is made possible in part by contributions from Production Sponsors

James A. Pape and Nancy Newman-Pape

A NOTE FROM JASON AND DEBBIE Dear Friend of Olney Theatre Center, The most wonderful thing about the holiday season is its focus on traditions: no matter our differences, traditions unite us, and allow us to celebrate the best of ourselves and our community. That’s why we work hard at Olney Theatre Center to embrace tradition all over campus at this time of year. Whether you’re in the Mainstage experiencing the magical “under the sea” The Little Mermaid; enjoying The Nutcracker ballet in the Historic Stage, or here in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab for A Christmas Carol, you’re celebrating the season with extraordinary performances of our culture’s most meaningful stories. And A Christmas Carol is the season’s uber-classic, isn’t it? Dickens’ dynamic tale of greed transformed to generosity pointedly reminds us what the season is about: not the Black Friday sales, not the rushing from party to party, but a simple act of grace, and the possibility within all of us that we can change for the better. We know there are many theatre options for you to choose, especially during this time of year, but we think you’ve made a vivid and engaging choice by coming to Olney to see A Christmas Carol… because our production ignites your imagination in the most remarkable way. Paul Morella, one of our theater’s (and the region’s) best-loved performers, takes on every role, from the Ghost of Christmas Past right down to Tiny Tim, and weaves his tale with an effortless magic. It’s a thrill to behold. Imagine Charles Dickens himself is reading his novella to you by the quiet, haunting crackle of a fire in his Victorian parlor, while a light snow falls on the gas-lit streets of London. We hope you love Paul’s virtuoso performance, and that you’re celebrating this classic with those closest to you. What better way to enjoy the holidays? Let us know what you think at [email protected] or [email protected]; Keep the family together and come back to check out The Little Mermaid on the other side of our campus, or Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker in the Historic… we want Olney Theatre Center to be your home for the holidays. Thanks for being a big part of our tradition! With great good wishes for a wonderful season,

Jason Loewith Artistic Director

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Opening Night: December 6, 2014

Jason Loewith,

Debbie Ellinghaus,

Artistic Director

Managing Director


A Christmas Carol A Ghost Story of Christmas Adapted by Paul Morella from the novella by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas was first produced in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg at the Arts Barn Theatre on December 3, 2009


Paul Morella* Lighting Designer

Sonya Dowhaluk Production Consultant

Jeffery Westlake

Sound Designer

Production Stage Manager

Director of Production

Associate Artistic Director/ Director of Education

Edward Moser

Dennis A. Blackledge

Trevor A. Riley*

Jason King Jones

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association

This production is made possible in part by contributions from

Production Sponsors James A. Pape and Nancy Newman-Pape and Artist Sponsor Jane Larsen 301.924.3400



WHO’S WHO Paul Morella (Adapter/Performer) is a multiple Helen Hayes Award nominee, and has previously appeared at Olney Theatre in Awake and Sing!, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, Rancho Mirage, Over the Tavern, Witness for the Prosecution, Opus, Dinner With Friends, A Passion For Justice, The Millionairess, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Mousetrap, Private Lives, ‘Art’, Coffee with Richelieu, The Laramie Project, The Rivals, Becket, Broken Glass, M. Butterfly, Monster, Night Must Fall and The Time of Your Life. Other regional appearances include leading roles at Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, The Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre and The Kennedy Center. He has also starred opposite Julie Harris and James Farentino in All My Sons, and Marsha Mason and Fred Thompson in The Best Man, both for LA Theatre Works. Mr. Morella is generously sponsored by Jane Larsen. Sonya Dowhaluk (Lighting Design) is delighted to be returning to Olney Theatre and this production, having first worked at Olney as an electrics apprentice in 1999. Past lighting designs at Olney Theatre include National Players Tour 63, The Tempest, and Grease (co-design). Sonya has also worked as an assistant lighting designer at The Shakespeare Theatre, Centerstage, and The Santa Fe Opera. Sonya holds a BA from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MFA from The University of Maryland. Upcoming designs include Godspell on the Mainstage in February 2015. Edward Moser (Sound Designer) Recent designs include The Dead for the Quotidian Theatre; the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage reading of Amelia, the American Century Theater’s Country Girl, Little Murders and Visit to a Small Planet, and at Olney Theater Center Paul Morella’s A Christmas Carol. His favorite musical credits include Señor Discretion Himself at Arena Stage, Urinetown at the University of Maryland, David in Shadow and Light at Theatre J, Hairspray at the Madeira School and Godspell at Olney Theatre Center. Trevor A. Riley (Production Stage Manager) is excited to return to Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney credits include A Christmas Carol, Farragut North, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor®Dreamcoat, and Annie. DC AREA: Arena Stage: Our War; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Just The Two of Each of Us, Appropriate, Detroit, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety; Studio Theatre: Pas De Deux; Taffety Punk: RuleBreaker Rep, Twelfth Night. Trevor holds a BFA in Stage Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeffery Westlake (Production Consultant) was the Artistic Director of the Arts Barn Theatre Series when he commissioned this production of A Christmas Carol in 2009. Past producing credits include: Producing Artistic Director of NOVA SummerStage and as the Associate Producer of High Tor Summer Theater - at the time, one of the last of the classic summer stock theaters in New England. Jason Loewith (Artistic Director) directed the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage for Olney Theatre Center last season as well as this season’s productions of Avenue Q and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Mr. Loewith won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, and Jeff Awards for Best New Musical for Adding Machine: A Musical, which he co-wrote with composer Joshua Schmidt (off-Broadway, 2008). His latest musical is Big Nate: The Musical which premiered in 2013 at Adventure Theatre-MTC, co-written with Olney’s Associate Artistic Director Christopher Youstra. Recent regional work as a director includes the world premiere of Broke (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), Time Stands Still (Everyman, Baltimore), Crime and Punishment, and Working It Out (Center Stage, Baltimore), Adding Machine: A Musical (Studio Theatre, DC), and a dozen plays for Chicago’s Next Theatre Company, where he served as Artistic Director from 2002-08. Those credits include the Chicago area premieres of Dying City, Defiance, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Fabulation. He conceived and directed the world premiere of The American Dream Songbook, wrote and directed the world premiere of War With the Newts, and produced Chicago premieres by Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks, Carson Kreitzer, Sam Shepard, Dael Orlandersmith, and many more. He is a three-time grantee from the NEA for Artistic Excellence, a recipient of support from the Rockefeller MAP Fund and MacArthur’s International Connections Fund, and a TCG New Generations Future Leaders grant. Jason joined Olney as Artistic Director in 2013 after serving four years as Executive Director of the National New Play Network. Debbie Ellinghaus (Managing Director) joined Olney Theatre Center in August 2014. Prior to her appointment at OTC, she was Director of Development for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she closed significant gifts that helped to advance student scholarship and academic programming. From 2005-11, Ms. Ellinghaus was the Senior Associate Director of Development at Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT. At Yale, she was part of a university-wide campaign that raised more than $3.8 billion and included transformational gifts for Yale




WHO’S WHO Rep from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Robina Foundation, which established the Binger Center for New Theatre. Additionally, she raised funds for scholarship, theatrical productions, and facilities. In her role at Yale, Ms. Ellinghaus provided mentorship to MFA candidates, many of who are now leading major theaters across the country. Previously, Ms. Ellinghaus was Director of Development at Off-Broadway’s Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a graduate of New Actors Workshop, a professional theater training conservatory founded and led by Mike Nichols, George Morrison and Paul Sills. Ms. Ellinghaus currently chairs the Downtown Arts and Culture Commission in Columbia, MD, an organization that works closely with Merriweather Post Pavilion. She is a member of the Howard County Board of Health. Her favorite job is mommy to Maddie and Griffin.

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Artistic Director Associate Artistic Director/ Director of Music Theater Associate Artistic Director/ Director of Education Artistic Apprentice

Jason Loewith Christopher Youstra Jason King Jones Clare Shaffer

PRODUCTION Director of Production Company Manager/ Associate Production Manager Technical Director Assistant Technical Director Resident Scenic Artist Costume Shop Supervisor Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor Master Electrician Properties Master Resident Sound Engineer/ Projections Supervisor Production Management Apprentice Company Management Apprentice Production Apprentices

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Debbie Ellinghaus Valerie Campbell Elvin J. Crespo Michael Plater

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Managing Director General Manager IT Manager Facilities Manager

Liz Tuxbury Ruth Anne Watkins Laurie Bautista, Patrick Gillespie Joseph Caverly, Brendan Gregg, James Hesse

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts is a professional theater employing members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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President..................................Jennifer L. Kneeland Board Chair...............................Susan Finkelstein Vice President...........................Megan Davey Limarzi Treasurer..................................Patricia Woodbury Secretary..................................Robert Mitchell President Emeritus.....................Gene Counihan

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