HARTFORD — From Dec. 12 to 22, enjoy a hilarious twist on everyone’s favorite holiday story. This year’s Connecticut cast includes Claire Zick and Kevin MacDermott of West Hartford. MacDermott is featured as Ebeneezer Scrooge.
Families around Connecticut will have a chance to rewrite the most classic Christmas story of all. “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol,” developed by Seattle’s Randy Dixon, will take live audience suggestions to make this Charles Dickens masterpiece even more fun. The show is produced by Hot Cocco Productions and presented at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater on 15 Asylum Street in Hartford. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children under 16.
What if Scrooge owned a hair salon? What if the Ghost of Christmas Past was a Western cowgirl? What if Tiny Tim wasn’t so tiny? Come see how your suggestions tell an all new tale of how Christmas can (or can’t!) change Ebenezer Scrooge’s life. The show combines your suggestions with the improvisers’ imaginations to create a performance of “A Christmas Carol” like nothing you’ve ever seen.
There will be eight different performances of “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol.” Shows will run Thursday Dec. 12 to Saturday Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.; Sunday Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.; Thursday Dec. 19 to Saturday Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees are designated family shows.
Audiences have quickly come to enjoy “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” as a holiday tradition: each show is completely different, so it’s perfect for repeat viewing year after year, or night after night.
The actors populating Dickens’ masterpiece are some of the most experienced and beloved professional improvisers from Sea Tea Improv and Hot Cocco Productions. In addition to Claire Zick and Kevin MacDermott of West Hartford, performers include Casey Grambo, Nate Gagnon, Bryan Thurston and Greg Ludovici of Hartford; Dan Russell of Farmington; and Matt Saccullo of Wethersfield.
“A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” was developed by Randy Dixon in 1985 at the Market Theater in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. It was first Produced by Unexpected Productions of Seattle, WA. It’s been performed every year since. All eight of the performances at Sea Tea Comedy Theater will be completely improvised and brand-new each night, perfect for repeat viewing.
Showtimes: Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 1:30 and show at 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees). Tickets: $18 for adults and $10 for children under 16. Reserve tickets at https://bit.ly/2QoiSe1. For directions or more information visit www.seateaimprov.com or call 860-578-4832.