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December 10, 2017

COUPON: Save $5 off tickets to Burien Actors Theatre’s ‘Christmas Carol Rag,’ which runs through Dec. 17

From left to right, Anne Cratchit (Hannah Rockel) and Bob Cratchit (Jaron Boggs) celebrate the birth of their baby while friend and co-worker Agnes (Jessica Robins) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

From left to right, Bob Cratchit (Jaron Boggs) mourns at the grave while Evelyn Scrooge (Cara Hazzard) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Angelica Barksdale) sings gospel in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Angelica Barksdale) sings gospel backed by choirboys (from left to right, Max Lopuszynski and Jaron Boggs) in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Past (Jessica Robins) take Evelyn Scrooge (Cara Hazzard) back to her past in an attempt to change her miserly ways in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

Review by Shelli Park

The holidays are upon us and with the holidays we can always look forward to the seasonal offering which Burien Actors Theatre serves up.

This year’s production The Christmas Carol Rag is a musical comedy with live piano accompaniment performed by Elizabeth Bender. The story has bones from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but with a few twists.

Scrooge is a woman, for one.

Cara Hazzard plays the indomitable Evelyn Scrooge. Hazzard brings just the right amount of cold-hearted bitterness to the role. Through her journey with the three Ghosts she times her heart-thawing evolution perfectly. As we visit her history with the Ghost of Christmas Past it is clear that she was damaged by more than childhood loneliness and heartbreak. Scrooge was rejected because she is an intelligent woman with ambition, bringing a wholly different, and greater, purpose to this story.

The three Ghosts, of Past, Present and Future, presented themselves as stand alone, unique characters. The Ghost of Christmas Past (Jessica Robins; also plays Agnes) is delightful! Robins pulls off an East Coast Jewish character with aplomb! This ghost is geshmack, and initiates Scrooge’s journey in the best way.

The Ghost of Christmas Present continues the fun! Angelica Barksdale (also, Ruthie) brings soul to the stage. Scrooge is the one being bossed around this time. And the lessons keep on coming. As with Robins, Barksdale’s voice fills the stage as she belts out Go Tell it on the Mountain. Another delightful performance.

The Ghost of Christmas Future (Rochelle Flynn) is a dark, silent presence. Scrooge allows her mind to be manipulated by her own fears in the company of this staid Ghost.

Another important character is Bob Cratchit. Played by Jason Boggs, Cratchit is a delight. Boggs brings this sensitive and sincere character to a higher level. He is charming, and has a delightful singing voice, though it could use a little more volume.

Cratchit’s lovely wife, Anne, (Hannah Rockel) is long-suffering in the service of Ms. Scrooge. And she is pregnant, almost to term. Rockel plays Anne as a sweet, but practical, woman, the perfect counterpart to her dreamer husband. Together, they sing a transporting version of Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.

The second half contains the strongest performances. “If I Were on The Stage,” sung by Fred (Scrooge’s nephew, played by Max Lopuszynski), Sylvia (Fred’s girlfriend, played by Rosemary Herold) and company falls under the purview of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Lopuszynski and Herold have great chemistry. Their stage presence and vocal training shine.

As Scrooge’s metamorphosis comes to completion she sings I Heard the Bells. It is a very moving piece. While Hazzard does not have the most polished voice, she is able to bring us with her full circle as she realizes life’s beauty and celebrates the season by giving back to her community.

To add to the wonder, the set design by Albie Clementi, is another exercise is flexible space management. The number of configurations made possible, and the choreography necessary to bring about scene changes, adds to the entertainment!

While this is not the best that BAT has presented over the last couple of years, The Christmas Carol Rag is successful in getting the audience into the warm feeling of the holiday season.

Show dates and times:

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 2pm
  • Friday, December 8, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017 2pm
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 2pm

COUPON
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TICKETS
Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. Student tickets are just $10.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

It’s located at 14501 4th Ave SW:

Start: December 10, 2017 2:00 pm
End: December 10, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Burien Actors Theatre
Phone: 206-242-5180
Address:
14501 4th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

South Sound Choruses ‘ChristmasSounds’ to ring in Holidays on Sunday, Dec. 10

On Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10, the entire Northwest Associated Arts family will present their annual Christmas program at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

This annual holiday extravaganza, titled ChristmasSounds in Burien! Features nearly 200 singers, ages 8 to 80 and is one of Burien’s unique holiday traditions. All seven NWAA ensembles will share a single stage, combining beloved traditional Christmas carols, like The Holly and the Ivy, with festive favorites, like Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

As always, NWAA encourages families to attend with their affordable Youth Ticket Program. Parents and adults looking for a risk-free way to introduce their children to the joys of choral music can bring young guests for free. Youth under age 17 can attend for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9: 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: 2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd Street, Burien (map below)

TICKETS: $20-25 (17 & under free with a paid adult) www.nwassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040

INFO: ChoralSounds Northwest is comprised of adults from 18-80+. SilverSounds Northwest is comprised of 40 retired men and women. KidSounds Northwest, YouthSounds Northwest, and TeenSounds Northwest are also part of the NWAA family. Together, all these Burien-based choruses are part of Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA), which has developed a loyal and growing following with family-friendly shows that offer much more than the usual “choral concert.”

Start: December 10, 2017 2:00 pm
End: December 10, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
Address:
401 S. 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98148, United States

December 14, 2017

Discuss Black Lives Matter, homelessness & more on Thursday, Dec. 14

On Thursday, Dec, 14, join a discussion about Black Lives Matter, the struggles the homeless face and how to help improve the lives of homeless individuals in Burien with Renton’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, the Reverend Dr. Linda Smith.

This free lecture will be 6 – 7 p.m. at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.

It will be followed by an hour of socializing and networking with attendants at an end-of-the year holiday party.

“The Reverend Dr. Linda M. Smith serves as Executive Director and Senior Pastor of S.K.Y. Urban Empowerment and Transformation. She has been actively involved in many social arenas- speaking and advocating for issues of equity, justice, race relationships and homelessness in the Greater Seattle and South King County area.” (more info at http://www.skyurbanctr.org/Pastor.htm)

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1844124099212314/.

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church is located at 15003 14th Ave SW:

Start: December 14, 2017 6:00 pm
End: December 14, 2017 7:00 pm
Venue: Lake Burien Presbyterian Church
Address:
15003 14th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

December 16, 2017

Drive-through live Nativity will be at Normandy Christian Church Dec. 16-17

You, your family and friends can be transported to Bethlehem while driving through the parking lot Nativity at Normandy Christian Church the weekend of Dec. 16 and 17, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Scores of volunteers, thousands of lights, and full-size sets bring to life the Nativity Story.

“You will visit live scenes of angels, shepherds, live animals, guests at the market and the inn, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and the greatest Gift, Baby Jesus.”

Normandy Christian Church is located at 908 S. 200th Street in Des Moines:

Start: December 16, 2017 6:00 pm
End: December 16, 2017 8:30 pm
Venue: Normandy Christian Church
Address:
908 S. 200th Street, Des Moines, WA, United States

December 17, 2017

Drive-through live Nativity will be at Normandy Christian Church Dec. 16-17

You, your family and friends can be transported to Bethlehem while driving through the parking lot Nativity at Normandy Christian Church the weekend of Dec. 16 and 17, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Scores of volunteers, thousands of lights, and full-size sets bring to life the Nativity Story.

“You will visit live scenes of angels, shepherds, live animals, guests at the market and the inn, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and the greatest Gift, Baby Jesus.”

Normandy Christian Church is located at 908 S. 200th Street in Des Moines:

Start: December 17, 2017 6:00 pm
End: December 17, 2017 8:30 pm
Venue: Normandy Christian Church
Address:
908 S. 200th Street, Des Moines, WA, United States