For patrons of Center Stage Theatre, Bobby Marcinauskis of Shelton has become a familiar face. He has performed in the last six Center Stage Christmas productions.
Bobby began as a third grader, playing Thomas Marra Jr. in “Miracle on 34th Street.” He went on to appear in “It’s a Wonderful Life” and two different productions of “A Center Stage Christmas.”
He is now appearing in his second production of “A Christmas Carol, the Musical,” with shows through Dec. 21. Two years ago, Bobby played Tiny Tim in the play, but this year, at age 12, he will portray Scrooge.
Last summer, Bobby — who now is a seventh grader at Shelton Intermediate School — played the role of Gavroche in the company’s production of “Les Miserables.”
“I love performing, and Center Stage has given me great opportunities to learn and grow as a performer,” Bobby said.
Center Stage Artistic Director Gary Scarpa praised the youngster’s acting skills. “Bobby is an extremely gifted child performer,” Scarpa said. “He is one of the best kids we’ve ever had perform with us.”
Play features Disney songs
With soaring music by Disney musical composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”), “A Christmas Caro” infuses the famous Charles Dickens story with songs that breathes new life into the holiday classic.
The original Broadway production ran each Christmas for 10 consecutive years at Madison Square Garden.
The musical tells the timeless story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge and was described by The New York Times as “a tonic for adults, and for children. A transfixing journey.”
Performance times and tickets
Performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. from Dec. 5 to 20; Sunday at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14 and 21; and Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
For information or to buy tickets, go to www.centerstageshelton.org or call 203-225-6079.
The nonprofit Center Stage is at the former Lafayette School at 54 Grove St. in Shelton. It was founded in 2005 by directors Gary and Francesca Scarpa and presents a full season of five productions.