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A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
| adapted by Eirc Lomas

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The timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, each showing him the wrongs of his ways and warning him to take Christmas into his heart. We continue the International Theatre's tradition of bringing you this popular holiday classic in a new adaption and starring West-End legend, John Harwood.

Performances Tuesday-Saturday from December 03 - December 23, 2012

Curtain 7:30pm

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KIP - Theater im Cafè Prückel

Biberstraße 2
1010 Wien

Public Transport

U3 Stubentor, U4 Landstraße
S-Bahn Wien Mitte
Trams 1 & 2
Buses 3A & 74A

Cast

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Dad, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Mr. Fezziwig, Topper, Belle's husband
Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.

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Grandad, Scrooge
John Harwood

John first played in Vienna in Zefirelli's famous "Romeo & Juliet" at Theater an der Wien in 1962. Later he worked for Franz Schafranek's Vienna's English Theatre over many years, notably in Albee's "Zoo Story" and "Dear Liar" with Ruth Brinkman. He met Eric Lomas at Nicholas Allen's Shakespeare in Styria Festival, Murau, playing Prospero in "The Tempest" and later the title role in "King Lear". Memorable productions at home include Peter Brook's King Lear (Paul Scofield) for the Royal Shakespeare Company and "Marat/Sade". More recently, John appeared in award-winning revivals of "A Doll's House" and "Shadowlands" in London's Westend. Good to be back though.

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Mum, Mrs Cratchit, Solicitor 1, Laughing Sister, Mrs Dilber
Maria Lohn

Maria Lohn received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland through the Erasmus university exchange program. Credits include: Emilia in Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale"; Angelica in "Cinderella"; Young Woman in the Vanishing Point Theatre Company’s production "Hidden"; Antigone in "Oedipus at Colonus" (co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland); Mother in Howard Barker’s "Wounds to the Face".

After returning to Austria she performed at the Dschungel Wien (Lotte in "Werther - The Playlist" by Holger Schober), became an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and attended several theatre festivals, such as the Schäxpir Festival Linz and the Szene Bunte Wähne Festival. Three of her shows were nominated for the Stella Award 2011 and 2012. One of them won the Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen in 2011. For Open House Theatre she played Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream", Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet" and Hedda Gabler in "Hedda". Radio, Film and TV credits include: „Acting Up“ (BBC Radio Scotland), „Es kann nichts passieren“ (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), „Straight to REM“ (shortlisted for the Cannes Short Film Festival 2014). She also appears in the new ORF TV-series „Altes Geld“ by David Schalko and in the ORF/ZDF TV-series Soko Kitzbühel.

Maria is also a company's ensemble member.

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Auntie, Mrs Fezziwig, Solicitor 2, Belle, Ghost of Christmas Present, Mrs Cornminster
Melanie Preston

Melanie Preston was born and raised in Vienna and received her theatrical training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and with Herwig Seeböck in Vienna. Her German-speaking theatre credits include Mrs. Antrobus in Thornton Wilder’s “Skin of Our Teeth”, Estelle in J.-P. Sartre’s “No Exit” and the part of Ariel in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

Melanie was part of the ensemble at Vienna’s International Theatre for several years. Among her favourite roles were Olivia in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, Sybil in Noël Coward’s “Private Lives” and Mrs. Bradmann in “Blithe Spirit”, Jeannette in Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” as well as numerous productions of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. For vienna theatre project, Melanie took part in a benefit performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at the Kosmos Theater.

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Henry, Fred, Young Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Ignorance, Ghost of Christmas Future
Oliver Schneeberger

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Ellen, Fan, Young Belle, Martha Cratchit, Fred's Wife, Want
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.



Creative Team

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Director
Eric Lomas

Eric is one of Open House Theatre founding members and departed from the company in September 2015 to pursue other matters. Currently he's executive director of Shakespeare in Styria.

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Costume Design
Maria Krebs

Maria has been working as a costume designer and maker for over 12 years. She first started her collaboration with Eric Lomas on a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", where she costumed a cast of 35. Since then, all of Lomas' productions were overseen by her.

Credits elsewhere include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" , "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet" for Shakespeare in Styria, "Nur Ruhe", "Die Papiere des Teufels" (Nestroy) and "Hayfever" (Coward) in Vienna; since its inception, Maria has been Open House Theatre’s resident costume designer and has overseen every production ("A Christmas Carol", Laurel & Hardy", "Dick Whittington", "The Collector", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", " The Picture of Dorian Gray", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Timekeepers", "An Evening Of(f)", "Romeo + Juliet", "The Turn of the Screw", Izzy the Witch", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Hypnosis").

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Assistant Director
Linda Starodub

After a globe-trotting UN career, Linda opted to remain in Vienna. She was delighted to discover a way to fuel her passion for all things theatre, by assisting in a various ways during rehearsals of OHT productions. She previously contributed, on stage and off, to amateur theatre in her native Toronto, and during her UN assignments in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, New York and Bonn.

She has earlier assisted with Open House Theatre’s four productions of "A Christmas Carol", as well as the company’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Romeo and Juliet", "An Evening Of(f)...", "Hedda", and "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Lighting
Gabriel Geber

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Production Manager
Paul Elsbacher

Despite his years, Paul has had a varied career, working for companies such as Telekom Austria AG, Comparex AG and is currently assistant to the management at KBS Kleider Bauer Betriebs-GmbH. He is also studying International Economics in Vienna and has gathered experience working abroad. At Open House, Paul is our Key Accountant and acts as producer of our productions. He liases with our corporate and private sponsors and, during times of performances, works as Front of House Manager.