Playhouse, Hopewell cross-promote holiday shows

Youngstown Playhouse and Hopewell Theatre are getting into the holiday spirit by cross-promoting their Christmas productions.

Youngstown Playhouse opens “A Christmas Carol” and Hopewell Theatre opens a musical version of the seasonal favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, and both productions run for two weekends. Theatergoers can get a $2 discount off the ticket price at either location by bringing in a ticket stub from the other theater.

The Playhouse is collaborating with the Playhouse Youth Theatre on “A Christmas Carol,” which tells the familiar story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and how he is changed after being visited by ghosts one fateful Christmas Eve.

The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story was written by Paul Kimpel, who was a set and costume designer at the Playhouse for 40 years and died in 2006, with additional dialogue by David El’Hatton. El’Hatton also is directing the production with Kate Pelini as stage manager.

Tim McGinley appears as Scrooge and the rest of the cast includes Christopher Scott, Kenny Day, Alan McCreary, Molly Galano, Carlos Rivera, Nathaniel Lopez, David McCune, Kathy Leeper, Terri Wilkes, Hannah Boyle, Matt White, Nathan Marsh, Talia Rishel, Brendan Byers, Jenna Weiser, Leslie Mausteller, Nicole Barber, Aubrey DeJacimo, Margaret Levy, Russell Pavla, Elainie Huncik, Renee Cuerden Mikey Zoccali, Bryce Allison, Raquel Allison, Alaija Clarett, Mekhi Dawson, Miranda Erb, Konner Hines, Arianna Jones, Laniese Lopez, Macie LaVallerie, Brian Leeper, Marina Levy, Alex Levy, Sydney MacDonald, Matilda Mausteller, Gerniah Newton, Jada Stanford and Rachel Thompson.

“A Christmas Carol” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students and senior citizens and are available online at and by calling 330-788-8739.

Hopewell Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with book and lyrics by James W. Rodgers and music by John Higgins, is based on the Frank Capra movie about George Bailey, a suicidal man visited by his guardian angel Clarence, who gives him a look at what life in Bedford Falls would be like if he’d never lived.

James McClellan, operations manager at the Playhouse, stars as Bailey in the Hopewell production, which is directed by Nick Mulichak with musical director by Ed Phillips and choreography by Joanna Andrei.

The rest of the cast includes Terry Shears, Jeanine Rees, Tracie Balentine, Terry Vest, Tom Hathorne, Regina Rees, Selena Phillips, Rick Haldi, Richard Smiley, Jeremy Sanfrey, Stephen Kountz, Kaleb McFarland, Bob Gerdes, Marissa Keshock, Rob Whiting, Tina Marie Williams-Dunn, Adrienne Mackey, Glenn Stevens, Regina Reynolds, Patti Shears, Samantha Vest, Jessica Joerndt, Savanna Watkins, Lilly Andrei, Isabella Tarr Majirsky and Breanne Reda.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 10 at the Hopewell Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 adults and $13 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling 330-746-5455.