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Make way for Scrooge and Tiny Tim

By RACHEL BRANT

Staff writer

Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a few ghosts will take to the stage at CSTOCK Theatre in Silverdale Nov. 23-Dec. 16.

CSTOCK Theatre’s seasonal performance, “Scrooge, The Musical,” was first performed in 1970 and continues to pleases theater-goers across the country.

Dave Dumpert, of Seabeck, makes his directorial debut by leading the musical’s cast and crew of about 75 people, ages 7 and older. Dumpert first performed at CSTOCK Theatre five years ago as George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Dumpert said he chose “Scrooge, The Musical” because he can relate to the main character’s life and said most everyone is familiar with Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which is the basis for the production.

“This is my first show directing so I wanted to pick something personal to me and Scrooge’s life is personal to me,” Dumpert said. “I can align my life with him.”

“Scrooge, The Musical” is a musical retelling of the Charles Dickens’ classic about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who faces his unpleasant past, present and future. As a result of his encounters with three ghosts, he undergoes a transformation and his Christmas spirit is restored.

“I’m going to concentrate a lot on the story,” Dumpert said.

Like most directors, Dumpert has slightly tweaked the musical. The CSTOCK Theatre production focuses on the character of Scrooge and slows down his transformation, making it more believable, according to Dumpert.

“I’m focusing more on why Scrooge is how he is and his transformation,” he said. “I’m trying to go more into the emotional development side of things.”

The cast and crew have been working on the three-hour show since September. They created the sets and costumes and rehearsed lines and practiced 25 songs with an orchestra.

“I have a wonderful cast and crew who just love the theatre,” Dumpert said. “They’re looking pretty good. This group has got some vocals you wouldn’t believe.”

A couple of the most memorable scenes in “Scrooge, The Musical” for Dumpert is when Isabel leaves Scrooge and when Scrooge visits the graveyard.

“One of the most emotional ones for me is when Isabel leaves him,” he said. “It’s a highly emotional scene.”

Dumpert is enjoying his first directing experience, but like all productions, “Scrooge, The Musical” has proved challenging for the CSTOCK Theatre group at times.

“It’s been a challenging production, but as they say in the business, the show must go on,” Dumpert said.

“Scrooge, The Musical” is from Nov. 23 to Dec. 16. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets may be purchased at the Kitsap Mall Information Booth and, if not sold out, at the door. Tickets range from $7 to $12.

The Saturday, Dec. 1, performance will benefit The Quintuplet Foundation which supports the Stevenson family. A silent auction will be at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. All proceeds will help finish the house being constructed for Mike and Courtnee Stevenson, their 4-year-old daughter Lilli and the quintuplets.

“I hope to sell this thing out from the first night all the way to the end,” Dumpert said with a smile. “I think it’s going to be a very entertaining night to remember.”

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