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Carolers sing 'Thank You Very Much' M M producti'Scrooge.' Performances musical versiCharles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' are Reinhart Auditorium Merrillville

Carolers sing "Thank You Very Much" in the M&M production of "Scrooge." Performances of the musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" are at Reinhart Auditorium, Merrillville, Ind. | Photo Provided

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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:11AM



M&M Productions and Ross Music Theatre are presenting “Scrooge” at Merrillville High School through Dec. 2.

The annual production, a musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” features a cast and crew of more than 100 people and has become a holiday tradition for many families.

The cast includes Michael J. Reinhart, Robert Earnshaw, Garry St. Martin, Emma Santos, Lucas Reinhart, Carl Holden, Larry Koontz, Ted Zumis, Taylor Carter, Kiera Shackleford, Will Akins, Cassidy Koontz, Deborah Trembicki, Nytalia Cantu, Skylar Golding, Andrew Santos, Melinda Reinhart, Courtney Miller, Rob Earnshaw and Dan Liechty.

Jennifer Mance, Courtney Miller, Kiera Shackleford, Eleni Souronis, Russell Cole, Victoria Collins, Garrett Guderman and Carl Holden are also in featured roles.

“Scrooge” also has a chorus of 25 children, ranging in age from 6 to 12, and another 50 people in the chorus.

Performances are at Reinhart Auditorium at Merrillville High School. Tickets are available by calling
947-4922 or online at www.m-mproductions.com or at the door.

‘Guys & Dolls’

The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso has announced auditions for “Guys & Dolls” will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11.

The classic Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser will be directed by Craig Golbesky. Chris Stalbaum will be the musical and vocal director.

A romantic comedy, “Guys & Dolls” features a cast of of vivid characters who have become legends: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Miss Adelaide, the chronically
ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

“Guys & Dolls” will run from Feb. 22-March 10, 2013. Call 548-9137 for more information. The Memorial Opera House is at 104 Indiana Ave.

‘Beautiful Bodies’

Crown Point Community Theatre will hold auditions for Laura Shaine Cunningham’s play “Beautiful Bodies” at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4.

Directed by KeriAnne Valuckis, “Beautiful Bodies” is a tale about women’s friendships and life choices. Although the title of the play might suggest a focus on the physicality of women’s bodies and the ever-present question of what is beautiful, the play focuses on the dynamics of female relationships.

Six women gather on a stormy winter night at a New York apartment to celebrate the pregnancy of one of their friends. They come together expecting an evening of wine, fun and gossip — but in the end, they all find out a little more about one another than they had bargained for. All of the women are in a state of turmoil, with boyfriends being sought and dumped, careers soaring and floundering, and biological clocks ticking. The comedy bonds the performers and the audience by inviting the spectators to join the party in the apartment.

“Beautiful Bodies” will run from Feb. 8-17, 2013 at the Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. The cast calls for six women who can play mid-30s. Call 805-4255 for more information.



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