2015-11-13 / Arts & Entertainment

On Stage Productions presents a Holiday classic with an original twist

Contributed by On Stage Productions


Christmas is a-comin’ to On Stage Productions in West Columbia. (Lr): JJ. Woodall, Michelle Privette, Tim Privette, and Robin Saviola) Christmas is a-comin’ to On Stage Productions in West Columbia. (Lr): JJ. Woodall, Michelle Privette, Tim Privette, and Robin Saviola) On Stage Productions will celebrate the holiday season with A Twisted Carol: A Jukebox Musical. Opening night is Friday, December 4, and performances will continue through December 12. Evening performances are Fridays and Saturdays, with an additional performance on Thursday, December 10, all at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 and 12, and Sunday December 6. Tickets start at $19 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, military, and youth. For a full listing of show performances or to order tickets visit www.onstage sc. com or call the box office at 351-6751.

A Twisted Carol : A Jukebox Musical is an adaption of the classic Scrooge story written by On Stage Productions executive director Robert Harrelson. Twisted Carol was written in 2001 and performed in 2003 in Orlando, Florida. The show was then revived Off Broadway in December of 2006 and produced by the Roy Arias Studios and Theatres on West 43rd Street, New York, NY.


Scrooge’s housekeeper Effie, (Rachel Rizzuti) attempts to thaw out his heart. Scrooge’s housekeeper Effie, (Rachel Rizzuti) attempts to thaw out his heart. Harrelson wrote Twisted Carol because he loved the original story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and wanted to explore the untold aspects of the traditional tale. Including puns from Harrelson’s life and his love of the Swedish super group Abba, Twisted Carol is entertaining and campy— jukebox comedy fun at its finest.

Set at Christmastime, Twisted Carol inter- twines traditional Dickens characters and some fun new ones. They all try to make the most out of the holidays, despite the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge.

In this tale, Scrooge’s housekeeper Effie is in love with him despite the efforts of her three best friends, the Effettes, to convince her she should continue to “shop around” for someone more deserving.

With a little assistance from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Scrooge learns he can actually love someone— and maybe even Christmas.

The production stars Peter Ullsperger as Ebenezer Scrooge; Rachel Rizzuti as Effie, his dedicated housekeeper; Mike Vinson as Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley; and a strong ensemble that includes the Effettes, Scrooge’s Christmas loving nephew Fred and his wife Mary, and Dickens favorite family, the Cratchets. The production is written and directed by Robert Harrelson with choreography by resident choreographer Melissa Raynor Berry.

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