Actors prep for national tour of 'A Christmas Carol' at Rochester Opera HouseBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent November 20. 2017 10:15PM
If you go:'A Christmas Carol'
Where: Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester
When: Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.
For more information: www.rochesteroperahouse.com
ROCHESTER — A group of professional actors from the region is preparing to leave for a national tour of “A Christmas Carol” and is inviting audiences to two previews of the show in Rochester this week.
Dover resident Christian Arnold plays Jacob Marley, who was the deceased business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge. Marley is a tormented ghost who tells Scrooge three spirits will visit him and this is his chance for redemption.
“My costume is really fun to get into because of the chains. I really like to play with the chains,” Arnold said of the dramatic appearance he makes at the beginning of the show.
Seacoast native Samantha Bagdon graduated from Plymouth State University with a degree in musical theater. Bagdon plays Narrator 2 and said she was drawn to the comedic role as soon as she read the script.
There are three narrators in the show.
“She’s kind of the silly, free one,” Bagdon said.
Mariah Larocque, who served as Miss Greater Derry from 2016-17 as part of the Miss America Scholarship Program, plays the role of Belle, a beautiful woman who Scrooge deeply loved as a young man. She broke off their engagement after Scrooge became consumed by greed.
It is Larocque’s first paid professional gig. She said actors have a “gypsy soul,” so she is looking forward to travelling across the country with the show.
“I feel really blessed,” Larocque said.
The adapted version of the Charles Dickens’ classic stars Scott Severance as Scrooge. The 40-year theater veteran is the director of the show, and his Nashua company, PerSeverance Productions, works with CMI Entertainment to make the tour possible.
Severance said the cast and crew of 19 people use three vans and a 26-foot box truck to make their way from state to state, spending as much time on the road as they do on stage.
“We call it winter camp because we are all going to live, eat and sleep together,” Severance joked. This is the fourth year he has taken out a national tour.
The shows this week are Wednesday and Friday at the Rochester Opera House on Wakefield Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rochesteroperahouse.com.