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November 12, 2009

Cabrillo Stage Presents Inaugural Christmas Production in New Crocker Theater

Joseph Ribeiro Stars in Scrooge, the Musical


Aptos, CA—Cabrillo Stage, the professional musical theatre company, presents its first holiday production, Scrooge, The Musical. The beloved Christmas tale will star Santa Cruz favorite Joseph Ribeiro in the title role, which performs in the new Crocker Theater, December 18 through January 3.

The ideal Christmas treat, based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who teach him lessons of love and giving. Don’t miss Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in the award-winning, international smash hit musical SCROOGE! This musical version by Leslie Bricusse includes such acclaimed songs as “Thank You Very Much,” “A Better Life” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Cabrillo Stage completes their 2009 season with this, their first holiday production, which promises fun for the whole family during the holidays. Joseph Ribeiro, known for his roles at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and in such Cabrillo Stage productions as Peter Pan and Oliver, returns to Cabrillo Stage to play Ebenezer Scrooge.

“We all know this story,” says director Andrew Ceglio. “It’s completely universal in its portrayal of classic archetypes. Today, we are all living in a time when we are all being forced to pull ourselves away from material possessions and re-evaluate how we think, see and live life. With that in mind, Cabrillo Stage’s production will give emphasis to the subject of love, friendship and good will.” Ceglio’s continues, “Even though these themes are already present in the story, our version of Scrooge will deeply explore the characters and how they tie-in with Scrooge’s arch of renewal and redemption.”

Though a minimalist approach is being taking for the production, focusing on storytelling, choral music and the joy of the holiday season, it will also take full advantage of all the “bells and whistles” in the new state-of-the art Cabrillo Crocker Theater.

Even during these difficult economic times, Cabrillo Stage remains a bright and shining star in the theatre world, offering the community first-rate family entertainment, which will continue to expand in 2010. Starting with the launch of their 29th season next summer, Stage will become a year-round company, presenting three summer repertory productions and a holiday show every December.

Cabrillo Stage will be showing SCROOGE at a special time of 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday evenings, as well as 2:00 p.m. matinees on both Saturdays and Sundays.

WHAT: Cabrillo Stage presents SCROOGE, THE MUSICALThe ideal Christmas treat, based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, SCROOGE The Musical, is the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who teach him lessons of love and giving. Don’t miss Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in the award-winning, international smash hit musical SCROOGE! Includes such acclaimed songs as “Thank You Very Much,” “A Better Life” and “A Christmas Carol.”

WHEN: December 18 - January 3. Evenings at 7:30 PM, Matinees at 2:00 PM

WHERE: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA.

TICKETS: 831-479-6154 or online at www.cabrillostage.com

INFORMATION: info@cabrillostage.com


About Cabrillo Stage

Cabrillo Stage is a non-profit, non-union professional summer stock musical theatre company dedicated to presenting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay Area. Producing a diversity of musical theatre works with the goal of educating as well as giving its audiences quality family entertainment, Cabrillo Stage is recognized as one of the three major annual performing arts events in Santa Cruz County. Each summer since 1981, Cabrillo Stage has provided thousands of Santa Cruz county residents and visitors with unforgettable, critically acclaimed productions such as Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, and Man of La Mancha, to name a few, as well as regional premieres of new musicals such as Honk! Cabrillo Stage is noted for innovative sets, beautiful costumes, an outstanding pit orchestra and talented, professional performers. Cabrillo Stage is committed to providing a nurturing, supportive, artistic environment that allows all of its artisans, professional and non-professional, the opportunity to create musicals with high quality production values. Producing Artistic Director, Jon Nordgren.



About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.


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