STORIES WORTH TELLING

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

What
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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 will resume direction of the play, providing opportunity for a different interpretation of this English classic.

Join us to celebrate the festive season with Dickens’ best-loved Christmas story!

Please note there will be no performance on Sunday, December 6th 2015

Performances Monday-Sunday from December 03 - December 22, 2015

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts October 19, 2015

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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John / 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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Charles / Future
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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Mr. Cratchit / Marley / Mr. Fezziwig / Middle Scrooge / Topper
Tom Crawley

Tom is a Vienna-based actor, director, writer and translator. Born in London, he moved to Austria after graduating in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds. He played a wide variety of roles in Open House Theatre’s 2015 and 2016 productions of "A Christmas Carol", played Jack in the company’s 2016 production of "The Importance of Being Earnest", and a most extraordinary ad agency boss in the one-off show "Beginnings" in April 2016. Other stage credits include "porcelainliving" (Silver Tongue Theatre/etcetera theatre, London), Giles in "The Mousetrap", Cliff in "Look Back in Anger" (International Theatre, Vienna), and Victor in "Private Lives" (Art4Charity/Vienna's English Theatre). Directing credits include "Iz" by Oliver Emanuel and "Bella and the Beautiful Knight" by the same author at Theater Drachengasse (both for vienna theatre project).

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Catherine / Fan / Martha / Anne / 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.

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Past / Belle / Mrs. Cratchit / Laughing Sister
Alix Martin

Alix is a stage, screen and voice actress based in Vienna. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as well as the prestigious L.A. County High School for the Arts. After graduating and spending a year at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, she went on to attend the Professional Theatre Training Program in Milwaukee. She has had the pleasure of working with Obie-winning theatre company, Theatre X, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Bialystock and Bloom, among others. Most notably, she originated the role of Miss Jessel in the world premiere production of “Quint and Miss Jessel at Bly” by Don Nigro at Theatre X. Eight years ago fate and a misspent year at law school brought her to Vienna, where she has been happily living ever since. She is thrilled to be joining Open House for this production.

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Mrs. Dilber / Mrs. Fezziwig / Present
Anne Weiner

Anne was born in Klosterneuburg but moved to Sussex, England before her 1st birthday. She started dance classes aged 3, joined the school choir aged 7 and first appeared on stage professionally in the pantomime “Cinderella” (Stevenage, UK) at the age of 15. After stage and ballet training she returned to the continent to perform in pieces as varied as “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Die Dreigroschenoper” and “Der Freischütz”.

Since returning to Austria she has, among other things, appeared on ORF Television as an actress (“Die Heiße Spur”) and a dancer (“Vorwärts in die Fifties - Die Peter Kraus Show” etc.), played in the ensemble of “Kiss Me Kate” at the Volksoper, danced in the opening of the Wiener Festwochen and sung in the chorus of the Sommerfestspiele in Bad Ischl. As a founding member of The English Lovers, Anne has been performing improvised theatre in Vienna and abroad for around 15 years and has also written and performed numerous comedy sketches for the group. She has been part of the annual charity revue “Musical Mamis” at the Wiener Metropol since the first show in 2005, writing and performing sketches, singing, dancing and improvising. She played Madame Arcati in the benefit production of “Blithe Spirit” directed by Aoife Smyth at Vienna’s Studio Moliere and most recently created the role of Charlotte Andersen in the fully improvised film “Another One Opens”. Earlier this year she played Amanda Wingfield in OHT's production of "The Glass Menagerie".

Fred / Young Scrooge / Tiny Tim / Ignorance
Jimmy Irons



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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Costume Design
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.”

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Scenic Design
Richard Panzenböck

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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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Production Manager
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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Deputy Stage Manager
Gabriel Geber