A Christmas Carol opening night Dec. 2

A Christmas Carol the musical will open at Center Stage Theatre in Shelton this Friday, Dec. 2. The production is directed by Justin Zenchuk, with musical direction by Gina Scarpa, and choreography by Scarpa and Katie Sedlock.

“Our directing team has done a great job,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Gary Scarpa. “Justin, Gina, and Katie have assisted on many productions, and, in the process, they have developed a high degree of competence in directing. It is our hope that they will be the future of Center Stage.”

The production features David Ortoleva of New Haven as Scrooge, Josh Hahn of Derby as Bob Cratchit, Maya Giampaolo of Shelton as Tiny Tim, Barbara Flynn of Seymour as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Shelton residents Ana Frentress and Bobby Henry as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Christmas Present respectively.

“I have really enjoyed working with our talented cast,” said the production’s director, Zenchuk. “They have worked hard for six weeks to bring this beautiful musical to life.”

With soaring music by Disney musical genius and composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), A Christmas Carol infuses the famous Charles Dickens story with songs that breathe new life into the holiday classic. The original Broadway production ran each Christmas for ten consecutive years at Madison Square Garden. Described by the New York Times as "a tonic for adults, and for children, a transfixing journey,” this musical favorite tells the timeless story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Musical Director and Choreographer, Gina Scarpa, said, “We are bringing A Christmas Carol to our stage for the third time. It is a beautiful production, appropriate for the entire family. This production, with its message of peace and compassion, is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!”

Center Stage Theatre is a non-profit organization, founded in 2005 by directors Gary and Francesca Scarpa. The theatre presents a full season of five productions. Center Stage's purpose is to enhance the cultural environment within its community; to present high quality theatrical productions at affordable prices; to encourage growth and education through the performing arts; and to provide a means for interested adults, teens and children to experience and participate in various aspects of live theater.

Performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. from December 2nd through Dec. 18; Sundays at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11, and 18; and Thursday at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Center Stage is located at the former Lafayette School at 54 Grove Street in Shelton. For further information about the audition or Center Stage, visit www.centerstageshelton.orgor call 203-225-6079.