STORIES WORTH TELLING

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
| adapted by Robert G. Neumayr

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The timeless tale 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. This year, Robert G. Neumayr takes direction of the play, providing opportunity for lots of tongue-in-cheek humour and adding his own special twist to the production. Join us to celebrate the festive season with Dickens’ best-loved Christmas story.

Performances Tuesday-Saturday from December 04 - December 23, 2014

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts October 06, 2014

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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Ebenezer Scrooge
James Sbano

James began his career in 1971 in the original production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Broadway. He then went to play the role of Judas in the national touring company and from there went on to play the role at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Other L.A. theater credits include “Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign”, Bimbo’s Cosmic Circus” and the title role of Rocky in the original American production of “The Rocky Horror Show”. Other Broadway credits include “Hair”, The Leaf People”, “Marlowe” and the original Broadway production of “Evita”. He also went on the road with Anthony Quinn in the touring company of “Zorba”.

In 1988 he came to Europe touring most of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, playing the role of “Che” in “Evita”. Other European theater credits include “Gambler”, “Blood Brothers”, “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”, “Herr der Ringe”, “Tommy” , “Miss Saigon „and “Vom Geist der Weihnacht”. In Cologne, James played the role of Bap in the Germany premier production of “We Will Rock You” and in Vienna, he created the role of Chagal in the world premier of “Tanz der Vampire”.

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Solicitor/Mrs. Fezziwig/Christmas Present/Mrs. Dilber
Nina Monshine

Nina is a recent graduate of Vienna Conservatory and further trained in New York with Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and in London with West End vocal coach Matthew Shaw. Credits while training include Molly in "Ghost", Katherine in "Newsies" and Rosa in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". Earlier this year, Nina originated and played the lead role of Susanna in the new hit musical "El Tren De Soller" in Mallorca. She also recently premiered her solo cabaret "An Evening celebrating Barbara Streisand" at Bühne Mayer Mödling.

Recording work includes the German cast recording of El Tren de Sóller, New York composer Jeremy Schonfeld's album 'Iron & Coal' and the official Life Ball song 2011 'Ask The Universe', featuring Cheyenne Jackson and produced by Beat 4 Feet.

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Mr. Fezziwig/Mr. Cratchit /Topper/Old Joe/Lamplighter
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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Carol Girl/Fan/Belle/Tiny Tim/Giggling Sister/Christmas Future
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.

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Fred/Marley/Young Scrooge/Peter/Ignorance
Tom Middler

Tom's training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro finished in 2010, and he graduated from the University of Wales in 2011, before having a successful run in "A Rotten Little Story" at the Edinburgh Festival. His next role was Jeremy, in the BBC2 film Little Man, before heading to Austria to play Jason in "Disconnected", and later Hyde in "Jekyll's Potion" (Vienna's English Theatre).

Back in the UK Tom's credits include Christopher Morcom in the premiere of "To Kill A Machine", Ensemble in a Welsh language production of "Miss Julie" and Prince Charming in "Cinderella". Tom's has also played several Shakespearian roles, including Cassio in Othello (Swansea Grand Theatre), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tour) and Duke of Clarence/Lord Rivers/Lady Anne/Catesby in an all male Richard III (UK Tour). He has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Tom is Open House's Social Media Representative, as well as a company's ensemble member.

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Solicitor/Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchit/Anne/Want
Klara Steinhauser

Klara grew up in Lower Austria and has played the piano since the age of 6. She studied at the Performing Arts Studios Vienna and graduated in musical theatre and acting. Since her student days she has played in „West Side Story“ at Bregenz Festival, „Schani“ and „C’est la vie“ at Stockerau Festival and in „La Bohème“ and „Rigoletto“ at Theater an der Wien.

In the independent theatre scene of Vienna she starred in the premiere of "Die Traumnovelle" at Hotel Orient, "Coccinella" at Dschungel, "Fantomas " at Rabenhoftheater and "Humberrie" at 3Raumanatomietheater. She has sung at various galas and concerts, her favourite being the opening of new Hotel Hansen-Kempinski Vienna. In her solo performances, the artistic approach to chansons and french music come to play an increasingly important role.

She has appeared in several shortfilms, TV productions such as „Grimms Snow White“ and „Tatort“ and in commercials for "Clever", "Kika", "Wienerin", "Karriere.at", "Drei", "Erste Bank" and "Checkfelix.com".



Creative Team

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Director
Robert G. Neumayr

Robert studied musical theatre at 'Performing Arts Studios Vienna'. He's been working in the performing arts for more than ten years now. After graduating engagements have taken him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana.

Favourite parts have included Charlie Brown in “Charlie Brown”, The Eldest Magician in “Just So”, The Bullfrog in “Honk!”, The Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland”, Oliver Hardy in “Laurel & Hardy”, Clown in “A Winter's Tale” and Nick Bottom in “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. He's been working as an author and director for the past few years, and credits include "A Christmas Carol", "The Timekeepers", "The Turn of the Screw" and "Hypnosis".

Robert is Open House Theatre's Artistic Director and to keep the balance he's also a freelance programmer under the label „icatcher.at“

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Scenic Design
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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Deputy Stage Manager
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.

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Assistant Costume Designer
Jennifer Kobb

Jennifer discovered her love for theatre at university and soon realized she could best put her skills to use backstage. She began her professional career as a Stitcher and Wardrobe Assistant at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked on a wide variety of shows including “A Christmas Carol,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and “Hamlet.” During that time, she was also asked to bring her talents to several shows produced by Brown University. She later worked as a Draper and Stitcher at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, on productions such as “Dreamgirls,” “Xanadu,” and “God of Carnage.”