By Alan Foster
When the Christmas season rolls around each year in Spring Lake, it means that the delightful family musical Scrooge, based on Charles Dickens’ heart-warming book A Christmas Carol, is once again about to begin its highly anticipated annual production. This has been tradition for thirty-four years under the careful supervision of Pat Barry, Producer, and with a cast always that always seems to be very much family-oriented.
This year’s production is no exception. In fact, one family seems to dominate this year’s presentation. At the top of the list will be Steve Baglivio of Point Pleasant, patriarch of the Baglivio “Clan”, who will be performing as the lovable Tom Jenkins for the 300th time. Next in line is his wife, Eileen, who will serve as one of the many hard-working house managers of the production and his eldest daughter, also named Eileen, who will assist with the rebuilding and repainting of certain set pieces. Then comes the recently married Kerry White, who started off the show as one of the Cratchit children many years ago but will now direct the entire production. “I am tremendously excited about the wonderful team we have assembled,” Kerry said. “And for all of the support from my family and from everyone!”
Assisting will be her younger sister, Christine Baglivio, as the choreographer of the show who stages the many musical and dance numbers. With a hundred members in the cast, this is not an easy job. Christine made her Scrooge debut when she played the poor woman’s baby over 20 years ago. This year, the baby will be played by her nephew, Jack Miller, and the poor woman played by another Baglivio sister, Megan Miller.
“It is certainly going to be a fantastic experience for all of us,” Steve Baglivio stated. “Three generations, all together on stage! Think of that!”
Without a doubt, it is definitely a Baglivio-influenced production. “But it is also a show for all families,” Kerry White said. “I think it is wonderful that so many families have been involved with Scrooge over the years, such as the Hulses, the Skaleckis, the Mieles, the Flynns and all the others who have been in the show or who have helped in some way. What better way to experience the holidays than by being in a production such as Scrooge which was written as family entertainment to begin with.”
Tickets for this joyous family experience are on sale now and going fast! Reservations may be made at the Community House Box Office at 300 Madison Avenue, by calling 732-449-4530, or by visiting springlaketheatre.com. Performances run on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm through December 17 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm through December 18.