STORIES WORTH TELLING

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

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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.

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

Performances Tuesday-Sunday from December 01 - December 22, 2016

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts October 01, 2016

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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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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Young Scrooge, Marley, Fred, Old Joe, 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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Mrs. Fezziwig, Present, Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Dilber
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".

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Martha, Past, Laughing Sister
Nicola Ségur-Cabanac

Nicola was born in New York and did her best to retain her bilingual nature despite the family's move to Austria. She was first introduced to the stage at the age of nine, playing in a local children's theatre group. After getting the chance to be on stage for a production in the Landestheater Linz she gave in to the call of the stage and graduated from Vienna's SunriseStudios für Schauspiel, Tanz und Gesang in 2015.

Her debut in the English language saw her as Hattie in "Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star", other performances include the musical "Nine", Ballet Days Wien and "Ein Schritt Weiter" in Linz.

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Fan, Belle, Tiny Tim, Fred’s Wife, Want
Helena Scheuba

Helena Scheuba trained as an actress in Vienna and in London at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During her time in London she was part of the Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and performed with them in „The House of Bernarda Alba“ and „Can’t Stay Away“ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In Vienna, Helena has been working as an actress, director and translator at Theater in der Josefstadt, Rabenhof Theater, the Globe Wien, and several others. Past productions include: „Cabaret“, „Lucky Stiff“, „I Hired a Contract Killer“, „Accidental Death of an Anarchist“, „Don Quijote & Sancho Pansa“ and „The Hunchback of Notre Dame“. She also appeared on Austrian television in „Tatort“ and „Wir sind Kaiser“.

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Mr. Cratchit, Mr. Fezziwig, 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).



Creative Team

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Director
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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Production Manager / Scenic Design
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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Production Manager
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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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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Costume Design
Emma Downey

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Seamstress
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
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.