By Alan Foster
When the annual production of Scrooge opens again at the Spring Lake Community House on Friday, December 2 it will mark the 34th year that the show will highlight the festive holiday season in Spring Lake. Not only will the ever-popular musical be performed for the 367th time at the end of this year’s run, but several members of the company will be playing in it for their 300th time as well.
On the top of the list is Frank Ryan (Spring Lake) who has miraculously played the same role, that of the Ghost of Christmas Future, for every single performance of Scrooge. He has never once missed a show or a cue. Two other performers that have reached the 300 mark are Doug Moore (Brick) as the energetic Ghost of Christmas Present and Alan Foster (Belmar) who has retired from the festivities, but is still involved with the production, and reached the milestone back in 2013 as the enthusiastic Mr. Fezziwig.
Two more ‘old-timers’ will reach the 300 mark during the coming run of this delightful Dickens’-based production. They are Patrick Murphy (Spring Lake) as the fearful Ghost of Jacob Marley and Stephen Baglivio (Point Pleasant) as the ever-lovable Tom Jenkins who initiates the most popular musical number in the entire show “Thank You Very Much”.
It is not often that a community theatre gets to produce such a rewarding musical year after year, but producer Pat Barry (Spring Lake) has continued to “pull all the right strings” to keep this fantastic production in tip-top shape as noted by the sell-out audiences that continue to show up faithfully each and every one of the thirty-four years she has been in charge.
Tickets are always in high demand and on sale now for this year’s presentation with a cast led by Derek Hulse (Point Pleasant) as the irascible Ebenezer Scrooge, Maggie McKeon (Point Pleasant) as his long lost love Isabel, John Gnazzo (Lincroft) as Young Scrooge, Kevin Polke and Colleen Hulse (both of Point Pleasant) as Bob and Ethel Cratchit and Hope Wilton (Lake Como) as Tiny Tim.
Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm from December 2 through December 17 with matinees slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm December 3 through December 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling 732-449-4530, by visiting our website at springlaketheatre.com or by visiting the Box Office in person at 300 Madison Avenue in Spring Lake.
Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s spectacular production!