Hartford Stage’s 15th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol Features Students from the Hartt School

Bill Raymond, center, plays Scrooge in Hartford Stage's 'A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas,' by Charles Dickens. This is the 12th time Raymond has played the miser, who, ultimately, has a change of heart.

Bill Raymond, center, plays Scrooge in Hartford Stage’s ‘A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas,’ by Charles Dickens. This is the 12th time Raymond has played the miser, who, ultimately, has a change of heart.

Hartford Stage’s 15th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, by Charles Dickens, adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson, directed by Maxwell Williams, will feature 12 performers from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

The Hartt School student cast members for A Christmas Carol include Caitlin Blauvelt actor training major from Hillsborough, NJ; Josh Boscarino actor training major from Ellington, CT; Dakota Dutcher musical theatre major from Carson City, NV; Kelsey Flynn musical theatre major from Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Sarah Kozlowski musical theatre major from Coventry, CT; Lars Lee musical theatre major from Minneapolis, MN; William Macke musical theatre major from Simsbury, CT; Andrew McMath musical theatre major from Scituate, MA; Seth Peterson actor training major from South Bristol, ME; Matthew Reddick actor training major from Saratoga Springs, NY; Tara Reuter English literature and actor training major from Fairfield, CT; and Hannah Spacone musical theatre major from Providence, RI.

Through Hartford Stage’s Partnership in Training with the Hartt School, Hartford Stage is recognized by Actor’s Equity Association as an Academic Theatre, and is one of only two professional theatres in such a partnership with a BFA program.  It is a unique collaboration, where students gain valuable knowledge from workshops, master classes, and the Career Preparation class taught by Hartford Stage staff, as well as experience on stage in A Christmas Carol andother Hartford Stage performances.

Director Maxwell Williams said, “We’re very excited about our unique Partnership in Training with the Hartt School. I’m personally very proud to be a graduate, and it seems like the training and the program grows stronger and stronger each year. With A Christmas Carol as the centerpiece, we’ve now also had Actor Training and Music Theater students perform in many of our major productions, from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to To Kill a Mockingbird. Hartt grads are now regularly being nominated for Tonys, Obies, you name it – and we’re thrilled to continue to deepen the relationship between our institutions.”

Hartford Stage brings the magic of Dickens’ heart-warming classic to life in this Connecticut holiday tradition! The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of the holiday season after a Christmas Eve haunting, features all of Charles Dickens’ beloved characters: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Ghosts take flight and soar across the stage, carols are sung and snow falls capturing the spirit of a Victorian Christmas forever warming the hearts of adults and children alike.

The production runs November 23 to December 29. Evening performances are weeknights and weekends at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Sundays and selected weekdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For specific schedule of performances or to buy tickets for A Christmas Carol, call the Hartford Stage box office at860-527-5151 or visit www.hartfordstage.org.