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stage spotlight


by tom andrew


A Fast, Funny and Highly Theatrical Reimagining of One of The Most Beloved Holiday Stories Ever Told


BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW


EBENEZER SCROOGE’S


everywhere around this time of year. Greenberg and Rosen are no strangers to the theatre world,


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having many Broadway shows under their belts. Greenberg, a Stanford University graduate, has


directedHoliday Inn, the revival ofGuys and Dolls on the West End, and a revision of the musicalWorking. He’s also responsible for directing the new Disney musicalTangled. Rosen has mainly been a performer on stage


and screen over the years. He was in the original Broadway cast ofSpamalot, The Farnsworth Invention andGuys and Dolls. As writers, Rosen and Greenberg have


co-writtenThe Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula and they are currently working on the musical adaptation ofThe Secret of My Success. Their collaboration onEbenezer Scrooge is written so


it can work with any theatre, in any city by changing out local references. They have assembled a six-person cast with Robert Joy playing


Scrooge. The other five actors, including San Diegan Jacque Wilke, are playing all


benezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show written by the Broadway team of Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen opened at The Old Globe last month. It’s not your typical holidayChristmas Carol, but they have promised to give you an intact rendition of the holiday classic that seemingly pops up


the other roles. Those five actors will be getting a workout playing almost three dozen characters. Wilke, whose roles includePrudence Saint, Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs.


Cratchit and Jennie, points out that she has quite a few costume changes. “Oh man,” Wilke said. “Let me think. I want to say around 18 total changes back


and forth between all of the different characters, and the show is only around 75 minutes long, ha! You definitely have to know what’s coming next … otherwise the train has left the station.” All in all, Wilke plays more than seven roles. “I get to play a variety of characters,” Wilke said. “I think around seven, plus the narrator. Gertrude Saint, Son of Pitch, Mrs. Cratchit, Jennie, Ghost of Christmas Past, Lady Marmalade, and Christmas Yet to Come. They are all vastly different, and quick shifts from one to the next, which keeps things very fast and fun!” Since the show has been done before, one would


think that the task of creating these characters is something the cast wouldn’t have to worry about, but not so, according to Wilke. “This show premiered last year in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,” Wilke said. “We have been using the old script with San Diego additions and references.


However, every day we make changes to our version of it, just depending on what we’ve discovered in the rehearsal room. The characters fromA Christmas Carol are the foundation, but each actor has


been able to create their own interpretation of it.” jacque wilke plays prudence saint, ghost of christmas past, mrs. cratchit, jennie, etc. RAGE monthly | December 2019


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