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A Christmas Carol 2023

Welcome the holiday season with Scrooge as he discovers it’s never too late to find joy!
  • December 9 - 23, 2023
  • The Capitol Theater at Overture Center

By
Charles Dickens

Adapted by
Charlotte T. Martin

Music By
Mark Wurzelbacher

approx 2 hours  |  For ages + 8 and up

Themes: Compassion, Transformation, Redemption

Things to Know: This story features ghosts, themes of poverty, and child loss.

A Christmas Carol

CTM’s signature production returns to the Capitol Theater in full Victorian splendor to celebrate the holiday season. In Charles Dickens’ timeless story, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future take Scrooge on a life-changing journey, reminding us all that it’s never too late to let your light shine bright. A Madison tradition for over 40 years! Featuring La Shawn Banks as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Directed by Brian Cowing

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“Well there are a lot of threads to the show that speak to me differently every year. The show of course is at it’s base about redemption, renewal, second chances. It’s also abput connection, community and since we’re doing the production with CTM, it’s ends up being a lot about family.”

– Jim Ridge, Director

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Meet The Cast and Creative Team!

La Shawn Banks
La Shawn Banks
Ebenezer Scrooge

La Shawn returns for a third season of A Christmas Carol! Recent credits include Murder on the Orient Express (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Once Upon A Bridge, The Liar (American Players Theatre), The Three Musketeers, Chicken and Biscuits (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Choir Boy (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Sense and Sensibility (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Look for him this winter in Milwaukee at the Chamber Theatre!

Isabelle Bushue
Isabelle Bushue
Belle, Claribel, Ensemble

Isabelle is so grateful to be returning for her second year of A Christmas Carol at CTM. Recent credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Margaret Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, and Dina in The Rivals at American Players Theater; Ying-Ying in Paper Dream at WWU, and Girl in Riven at BRIC. Isabelle is a drama graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. Born in Guangdong, China, and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives wherever the wind takes her.

Nick Chiaverini
Nick Chiaverini
Gravedigger, Ensemble, U/S: Dick Wilkins, Topper, Christmas Future, Sampson

Nick is thrilled to be back for another CTM Season. He has performed in both the Madison area and with theaters in Minnesota. His recent productions include Peter Pan (CTM) and a staged reading of The Laramie Project (GSAFE). Nick would like to thank his family and friends for their support.

Nathan Connor
Nathan Connor
Jacob Marley

Nathan is thrilled to be returning to this wonderful production. He would like to thank Brian and the entire CTM team for the opportunity. Recent theater credits include Judas in Superstar, Angus Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Nathan would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support and Shanna, Nathan’s best friend and “person for life”!

Alli Durst
Alli Durst
U/S Penny, Christmas Past, Lucy, Belle

Alli is so excited and grateful to work with CTM for the first time as an actor, stitcher, and dresser. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a BFA in Acting and additional costuming education. Past productions include Red Velvet (UW Stevens Point), Our Town (Madison College), As We Climb (UW Stevens Point), and Columbinus (Madison College). She thanks her family, friends, and teachers for always believing in and supporting her dreams.

Trevin Gay
Trevin Gay
Mr. Fezziwig, Christmas Future, Sampson

Trevin is an actor, director, teaching artist and arts administrator. Madison audiences may have recently seen him onstage in Peter Pan, Finder and The North Star, A Christmas Carol, Freaky Friday, Stellaluna, or Matilda (Children’s Theater of Madison). He holds an MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts. Thank you for supporting live theater and helping to empower local youth.

Robert A. Goderich
Robert A. Goderich
U/S: Bob Cratchit, Fred

Robert is a veteran performer around Madison, and is so excited to be back with CTM and on the Capitol Theater stage. Thank you to cast, crew, family and friends for the constant support and encouragement. I hope you all can sit back and enjoy the magic in the story.

Clare Arena Haden
Clare Arena Haden
Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig, Ensemble

Clare is delighted to return to CTM with her husband and son. She is a WI native who teaches the course Acting Skills for Life at UW-Madison and was last seen on stage as Artemisia Madre in the World Premier of Artemisia at Forward Theater. She resides in Sun Prairie with her incredible and supportive family and is forever grateful to be a storyteller. Thank you for supporting live theater!

Scott Haden
Scott Haden
Bob Cratchit, Ensemble

Scott is thrilled to return for his 6th Christmas Carol since 2007! He is also the Director of Marketing at Forward Theater. Scott has acted at various regional theaters across the country, including American Players Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theatre Chicago, and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. But his greatest joy is sharing the Capitol stage with his amazing family. To the memories we make every day!

Scott Lewis
Scott Lewis
Dick Wilkins, Topper, Gravedigger, Ensemble, U/S Christmas Present

Scott (he/they) is excited to return to the Capitol Theater for their third production of A Christmas Carol. They were recently seen in The Laramie Project (CTM), An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein Classics (FST), Sondheim on Sondheim (MPT), The Spitfire Grill (MPT), Peter Pan (CTM), and Monstersongs (MTM). They’d like to thank their chosen family for being a beacon of support and love. They’d also like to thank YOU for supporting the arts!

Laura McMillan
Laura McMillan
Lucy, Ensemble, U/S Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig

Laura is excited to be returning to the CTM for her 3rd season! Most notable credits include: A Christmas Carol as Lucy (CTM), Peter Pan as Jukes (CTM), Little Shop of Horrors as Ronnette (Edgewood), Broadway at Paliku as Rafiki (Hawaii). Laura would like to thank her girlfriend, Cassie, and best friend, Scott, who have always given nothing but their love and support throughout her career.

Patrick O’Hara
Patrick O’Hara
U/S Jacob Marley, Mr. Fezziwig

Patrick is excited and humbled to be a part of this CTM production. Patrick received his MA in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he has been involved in the Madison theatre community for almost 20 years. Patrick would like to thank his family and his wife Sarah for their unwavering support.

Trequon Tate
Trequon Tate
Fred, Ensemble

Trequon is excited to be returning to CTM for his 4th year of A Christmas Carol. He is Chicago based actor. His Regional Theater credits include Porchlight Music Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Court Theatre, Theatre at the Center, The Broadway Playhouse, Chicago Opera Theater, Phoenix Theatre, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Hope Summer Rep., Milwaukee Rep, Fireside, and many more. IG: @LegendaryTRE

Ogunde Tremayne
Ogunde Tremayne
Ghost of Christmas Present, Edwin, Ensemble

Ogunde, pronounced OH-Gun-dee, is a 2021 BFA Acting graduate from Ball State University and a Gary, IN native who is INcredibly excited to return to CTM for a second season. You may have previously seen Ogunde in CTM’s The Wiz (Scarecrow), Kinky Boots with Highland Park Players in IL, or Bob Marley’s 3 little Birds with First Stage in Milwaukee. Ogunde sends his love and gratitude.

Jennifer Vosters
Jennifer Vosters
Christmas Past, Penny

Jennifer is so grateful to return for another A Christmas Carol at CTM. Recent credits include Once at Writers Theatre and her original solo play, Songs Without Words, at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival. She has also performed with American Players Theatre, Forward Theater, Next Act Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Lyric Repertory Company, and many others. Thank you for supporting the arts this holiday season!

Samuel Alvarez
Samuel Alvarez
Oliver, Ensemble, U/S Peter

Samuel has loved the theater since 2016, when he attended his very first CTM production: A Christmas Carol. This timeless story of redemption is one that he loves sharing with others, and he is so excited to have this opportunity to do so again! Samuel has also performed with Broom Street Theater and Children’s Film Academy of Madison. He would like to thank CTM and everyone else who has been there for him while he has battled cancer.

Blue Bartlett
Blue Bartlett
Henry, Ensemble

Blue is very excited to make their CTM debut! Favorite roles include LeFou in Beauty and the Beast and Timon in The Lion King at Toki Middle School. Blue is a freshman at Memorial High School and enjoys art, climbing, and oddities. Big thanks to their family for all their love and support!

Nadia Lucia Clinkscale
Nadia Lucia Clinkscale
Ensemble, U/S Fan, Virginia

Nadia is thrilled to be returning to the cast of A Christmas Carol after making her main stage debut in last year’s production. She has enjoyed participating in many CTM Summer Stage camps and school performances. Nadia is a 5th grader at Dr. Virginia Henderson Elementary. In addition to acting, Nadia enjoys singing, crafting, and playing soccer. Nadia would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support!

Emma Edgren
Emma Edgren
Lizzie, Ensemble, U/S Want

Emma is thrilled to make her debut at CTM! She is a 5th grader at Harvest Intermediate School. She was previously Cinderella’s Helper and vignette dancer in Sun Prairie Civic Theater’s youth production of Cinderella. She loves riding horses, raising donations for Occupaws Guide Dog Association, dancing, and singing in her school choir club.

Ben Haden
Ben Haden
Tim, Ensemble

Ben is thrilled to be back at CTM as part of the Cratchit family. He’s a 5th grader at Royal Oaks Elementary School in Sun Prairie and enjoys drawing, gaming, DnD, basketball, piano, and being creative with friends. A big thank you to all of his family and friends for their love and support!

Caroline Juergens
Caroline Juergens
Emily, Ensemble

Caroline made her CTM debut last year in The Mole Hill Stories and Shrek the Musical (Lord Farquaad). She is excited to return for this year’s A Christmas Carol. Caroline has a passion for acting, singing and dancing and has been performing since the age of 6. She has a background in competitive dancing, with her favorite styles being Tap and Jazz. Currently a 6th grader at EAGLE School she expresses gratitude to her 3 siblings who always support her.

Ramona Kim
Ramona Kim
Virginia, Want, Ensemble

Ramona is elated to be part of the joy and tradition that is A Christmas Carol! Last year, she played Raccoon in The Mole Hill Stories and Destiny in Finder and the North Star. Ramona is a 5th grader at Kromrey Middle School. Her two loves currently are theater and pitching for her softball team. Ramona is ever grateful for the love and support of her family, friends, and community.

Quinn Koehler
Quinn Koehler
Ensemble, U/S Martha, Evangeline

Quinn is overjoyed to be back in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol having previously played Emily Cratchit last year. Favorite credits include Katherine in Newsies Jr, Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and Grasshopper in CTM’s James and the Giant Peach. Quinn, an 8th grader at Madison Country Day School, enjoys playing ukulele, piano, guitar, reading, and song writing. She would like to thank her family and the entire cast and crew.

Corinne Kuenzi
Corinne Kuenzi
Frances, Ensemble

Corinne is thrilled to be in A Christmas Carol and perform in the Capitol Theater for the first time! Previous credits include: CTM’s Finder and the North Star (Destiny) and Summer Stage’s Aristocats (Duchess); VACT’s The Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkinland) and Frozen Jr. (Elsa). Corinne is a 5th grader at Lincoln Elementary and enjoys singing with MYC, playing piano and softball. Special thank you to her family and voice teacher Cayla Rosché.

Simon Littlefield
Simon Littlefield
Christopher, Ensemble

Simon has loved theater his entire life and cannot wait to be back on stage again! He has previously performed with CTM, Capital City Theater, and the Old Town Playhouse. Simon is eleven years old and a 5th grader at Van Hise Elementary school. In his free time, he loves playing video games and sports, and watching Michigan football. He would like to thank CTM for this special opportunity and his family – especially his big sister, Zoë.

Zoë Littlefield
Zoë Littlefield
Martha, Ensemble

Zoë’s delighted to be back on stage with CTM! A Christmas Carol is her favorite holiday tradition and she’s thrilled to perform in it for a third time. Zoë’s a member of the Southern Wisconsin Jerry Ensemble and a junior at Madison West High School. Besides theater, Zoë loves reading, summertime, playing tennis, and working at Hill Farm Swim Club. She’d like to thank the entire cast and crew of ACC – especially her baby brother, Simon.

Evan Meyer
Evan Meyer
Peter, Ensemble, U/S School Boys

Evan is excited to be returning to The Capitol Theater with CTM. Evan was last seen as John Darling in Peter Pan 2023. Other roles include James in James and the Giant Peach (SPCT) and Student Ensemble in Matilda (SPCT). Evan is in 9th grade at Monona Grove High School where he is involved in Band and Choir.

Finnegan McGehee
Finnegan McGehee
Ignorance, Ensemble, U/S Tim

Finnegan is proud to make his theatrical debut at CTM! He has enjoyed performing in CTM’s summer camp and in school performances. Finn is a 3rd grader at Nuestro Mundo and enjoys playing sports, playing piano, and playing with his friends & cousins. Special thanks to his family for all of their support!

Eleanor Treinen
Eleanor Treinen
Evangeline, Ensemble

Eleanor is filled with bittersweet emotions to be closing out her youth experience at CTM! She is a Senior at DeForest Area High School and is involved in a variety of extracurriculars. Some past CTM credits include: Peter Pan (Liza/Pounce), Freaky Friday (Ensemble) and the Summer Stage production of Chicago: Teen Edition (Roxie Hart). She’d like to thank CTM for the endless love and countless opportunities they’ve given her over the past several years!

Phoebe Werner
Phoebe Werner
Fan, Ensemble, U/S Emily

Phoebe is ecstatic to be performing again with CTM and reprising her role of Fan. She most recently performed in CTM’s The Wiz, APT’s Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs) and Children’s Theater of Madison’s productions of Finder and the North Star (Finder); A Christmas Carol (Fan, Ensemble); and Stellaluna (Physical Actor for Flap). Special thanks to her mom and puppy Butter for their support.

Lilly Zuckerman
Lilly Zuckerman
Ensemble, U/S Frances, Lizzie

Lilly is a 6th grader at Cherokee Heights Middle School. She was first seen with CTM in their Young Company show, The Surprising Story of Three Little Pigs (Goldilocks). Lilly started her acting career and continue for several seasons with First Act. When not acting she enjoys running, crafting, baking, making music, and swimming.

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