From the Producing Artistic Director
One-hundred and seventy-nine years ago, A CHRISTMAS CAROL hit bookshelves, it was an instant classic! Forty-one years ago, the Players Guild Theatre (under the leadership of Artistic Director, Jerry Lowe) presented A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and it became an instant classic! And tonight, we begin a new chapter, with a new production in our new home, here on the beautiful campus of KSU Stark.
Our thanks to the many people who helped make this production a reality. And I will note, just because we have been presenting A CHRISTMAS CAROL for 41 years, doesn't mean it has ever been an easy production to mount on stage. The cast, crew, production team, and now the campus faculty and staff, have worked hard to bring this beloved production to the Mary J. Timken Theatre stage. We are grateful and humbled that you continue to make it a part of your holiday tradition.
Our profound thanks to Dean Seachrist and her staff, and to PNC Bank, presenting sponsor, for their continued and generous support.
From the Players Guild family to yours, Merry Christmas!
“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” -Charles Dickens
A CHRISTMAS CAROL ORCHESTRA
Conductor/Keyboard: STEVE PARSONS
Keyboard: BRET TASSONE
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: WILLOW DIGIACOMO
Violin: MARIA VIÑAS/MARY BONTRAGER
Guitar: RYAN McDERMOTT
Percussion: SCOTT THOMAS
THE DICKENS SINGERS
Production Team & Front of House
Craig Betz & Family
FRONT OF HOUSE
The Amiot Family
Barbara & Steve Hostetter
Mary Jane Phillips
Jennifer & Tim Rowles
Mary Ann White
Meet the Company
Beth is in her tenth season at the Players Guild Theatre. She earned her degree in Business Management and Marketing from the Ohio State University. Beth spent the majority of her career in management in the cosmetic and fashion industry in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and NYC markets for brands including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, Paloma Picasso, and Giorgio Armani. Her background also includes grant writing, event planning, and fundraising. Beth is a co-founder, Executive Producer, and playwright for Red Fig Productions.
Tyra is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this exciting season! This is Tyra's seventh season with the Players Guild Theatre. With a career in the Cosmetics Industry as a special event manager, make-up artist, and account coordinator, Tyra couldn't be prouder to be a part of the Players Guild Theatre staff as Guest Services Manager. The arts and dance have always been a passion of hers, and it is her sincere pleasure getting to know the numerous talented performers in our community, and the incredible Volunteers that give a hand towards the theatre's success.