RTR in December: THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT AT RTR

WHAT:           Of Ghosts & Goodwill
WHEN:           Friday & Saturday December 13-14, 8PM
WHERE:          Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Av., Portland 97209
HOW MUCH:       $8.00
RESERVATIONS: 971.266.3787, readerstheatrerep@gmail.com

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT AT RTR

In December, RTR honors the life and work of beloved Western Oregon University theatre professor Robert Leland Page, affectionately known as Bob, with its production themed Of Ghosts & Goodwill, featuring A Christmas Carol. The show is adapted by Bob Page’s son Patrick, and former student Jason England directs.

England’s desire is to memorialize the work of his mentor and professor, while returning A Christmas Carol to its original sense and sensibility.

“It is because of Bob Page I’m in theatre, and my first theatrical experience was with his Christmas Carol,” says England. “This is my way of saying ‘thanks’ to the teacher who gave so much to so many.”  During Page’s 28 years at Western Oregon University, he directed more than 75 shows; 14 were Broadway musicals. Page performed as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for many years; was honored time and again for his teaching; and though he adored life, his dearest love was always theatre. “For those lucky enough to know Bob, we can truly say God blessed us, everyone,” says England. “Our Christmas Carol is a gift I couldn’t give without him.”

The adaptation is faithful to the story’s literary roots, with characters narrating Dicken’s tale within the story they are telling.

Cast includes Curtis Hanson, David Loftus, Kevin Newland Scott, Marvin Gray, Danyelle Tinker, Deb Kropf, Kristah Rodriguez, Paulo Rodriguez, Alan Hakim, Rosalind Fell, Wynee Hu, Ellis Zehnder, and Jason England

"Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—Old Scrooge sat busy in his counting house." David Loftus

“Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—Old Scrooge sat busy in his counting house.”
David Loftus

"Let me hear another sound from you Cratchit, and you’ll keep Christmas by losing your position! You’re quite a power speaker sir; I wonder you don’t go into politics." Alan Hakim Curt Hanson Marvin Gray

“Let me hear another sound from you Cratchit, and you’ll keep Christmas by losing your position! You’re quite a power speaker sir; I wonder you don’t go into politics.”
Alan Hakim
Curt Hanson
Marvin Gray

"And for your own sake, remember what has passed between us" David Loftus Curt Hanson

“And for your own sake, remember what has passed between us”
David Loftus
Curt Hanson

 

Belle! Come back! I was wrong! Please come back, I need you! Belle! Danyelle Tinker Curt Hanson

Belle! Come back! I was wrong! Please come back, I need you! Belle!
Danyelle Tinker
Curt Hanson

"Home, little Fan? Ellis Zehnder Wynee Hu

“Home, little Fan?
Ellis Zehnder
Wynee Hu

 

"Touch My Robe" Kevin Newland Scott Curt Hanson

“Touch My Robe”
Kevin Newland Scott
Curt Hanson

 

"Now my dears, no Cratchit Christmas would be complete without our family traditions." Wynee Hu Rosalind Fell Ellis Zehnder Marvin Gray  Alan Hakim

“Now my dears, no Cratchit Christmas would be complete without our family traditions.”
Wynee Hu, Rosalind Fell, Ellis Zehnder, Marvin Gray
Alan Hakim

"Oh, there you are, my fine fellow. This is for the turkey." Paulo Rodriguez, Curt Hanson, Kevin Newland Scott

“Oh, there you are, my fine fellow. This is for the turkey.”
Paulo Rodriguez, Curt Hanson, Kevin Newland Scott

"A Bajillion Zillion pounds" Krista Rodriguez, Deb Kropf, Curt Hanson

“A Bajillion Zillion pounds”
Krista Rodriguez, Deb Kropf, Curt Hanson

 

"And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Everyone!" Curt Hanson, Ellis Zehnder

“And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Everyone!”
Curt Hanson, Ellis Zehnder

 

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