Continuing our bienniel production schedule of The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol, Words Players presented our unique audience interactive, community engaged version of Dickens’ classic Christmas story at our downtown theatre location. The show opened Dec. 6 for nine performances (and much more).
Sontes restaurant and Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery offered a Christmas Feast to theatre goers on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively; a trolley from The Rochester Trolley & Tour Company transported people to the Spring Valley winery. Words Players cast members were on hand to mingle with diners during their meals, on the trolley and on Rochester streets as patrons wended their way to and from the theatre.
Community leaders were once again invited to make appearances as Lord Mayor during each of the shows.
The story was told in and among the audience; audio and video clips from notable historic productions of A Christmas Carol were used to help tell the story; and audience members had the opportunity to interact with cast members during many points in the play.
This year’s production was directed by Zechary Novinger and Katelyn Slater, Words Players alumni who hail from the area.
Feedback from the first two weekends of performances:
"We went to see A Christmas Carol. Roch people...you all need to see it. It was A-MAZING. I have never experienced another play like it...and I have seen a lot of plays in my life" - from the Words Players Facebook page
"A quality show and wonderful meal! A great job by all." - Rich Peterson, Lord Mayor, on the performance and Christmas Feast and Trolley Ride
"Fabulous program! We enjoyed it thoroughly." - from the Words Players Facebook page
"I saw the December 7th performance with friends. I liked it so much that I'm bringing my kids and parents tonight." - a satisfied customer
"The theater was just beautiful. Well done, everyone! We had a great time!" - from the Words Players Facebook page
"You could never see anything like this in New York. There they have theatre attempting to imitate reality. At Words Players Theatre, we see reality with a little bit of theatre mixed in." -Arlyn Gagnon, Rochester resident
Our Scrooge makes it into the New York Times!
The New York Times included our very own Scrooge, Jonathan Wetenkamp, in an article in the paper's Dec. 8 edition (he's #60)!
Here are a few promotional posters that gave a preview of some of the characters:
2013 Lord Mayor Lineup
7 PM Friday, Dec. 20
Former Rochester Mayor Chuck Hazama
7 PM Saturday, Dec. 21
Steve Lange, Rochester Magazine editor and Post Bulletin columnist
Lindy Lange, editor of the Post Bulletin Family Time column and founder of ROCHESTERfamilies.com
Watch the show below or see it in full HD at the Words Players SmugMug site.