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OSF’s first holiday show skewers Dickens

With an all-star cast at the Bowmer Theatre
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s first-ever holiday season show — and its first indoor production since the COVID-19 shutdown — will take the Angus Bowmer stage Nov. 23 and run through Jan. 2.

Tickets for “It’s Christmas, Carol!” go on sale Sept. 9 for members and donors, and Sept. 14 for the general public.

The song-filled show is from the twisted minds of zany OSF performers Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley and John Tufts (who made you laugh in OSF’s Marx Brothers comedies). The trio also will be featured players.

It skewers Dickens, the holidays and Shakespeare, with a dose of the Marx Brothers, fractured carols and more.

Directing will be celebrated comedic director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, who will become the new producing artistic director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Dec. 1.

Producers promise that “Carol” will be a silly and uplifting way to mark the holidays and celebrate OSF’s return to live performance.

The story?

On Christmas Eve, three ghosts take miserly businesswoman Carol Scroogenhouse through time and space to reckon with how she’s abandoned humanity for hollow capitalism.

Sound familiar? Wait, there’s more!

Whisked to a Shakespearean theater, a prehistoric holiday celebration, and a zombie future, Carol may find her soul with the help of those ghostly apparitions.

It features an all-star cast of OSF favorites:

  • Kate Mulligan in the title role as Carol Scroogenhouse;
  • Bedard as the Ghost of Holidays Past;
  • Tufts as the Ghost of Holidays Present;
  • Hinkley as the Ghost of Holidays Future;
  • Lisa Birnbaum as Barbara Crochit, Rebecca, Elizabeth Rubel, Dino and Mom;
  • Armando Duran as Wezzyfig, Jigibbly, Party Guest and Lord Brian;
  • Safiya Fredericks as the Narrator;
  • Amy Lizardo as Freddie, Dino Kid and Mrs. Wezzifig;
  • Benjamin Pelteson as Crochiut, Dino Dad and Dick Dickens McDiddykens;
  • Lynette Rathnam as Marley, Charlie and Party Guest;
  • James Ryen as Teensy Tom, John McClane and Roger Moony.
  • Understudies are Catherine Castellanos, Cristofer Jean, Kate Hurster, Lizardo, U. Jonathan Toppo and K.T. Vogt.

The creative team includes music director and arranger Dolores Duran-Cefalu, choreographer Jaclyn Miller, dramaturg Martine Kei Green-Rogers, scenic designer Sara Ryung Clement, costume designer Valerie Bart, lighting designer Xavier Pierce, sound designer Paul James Prendergast, fight director Toppo, assistant director Lily Riopelle, music associate Jennifer Dykstra, stage manager Roxana Khan, and assistant stage managers Karl Alphonso and Quy Ton.

Audience members must present proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to performance date, a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance, or a negative rapid test taken within six hours.

All audience members, including those who are vaccinated, must wear masks. Tickets will be digital only and will be scanned with no-contact scanners.

Tickets for “It’s Christmas, Carol!” are $35 to $80 and can be purchased by visiting osfashland.org or by calling the OSF box office at 800-219-8161.

You can reach Ashland writer Jim Flint at jimflint.ashland@yahoo.com.