Street urchins tell Scrooge’s story at new performing arts center

A trio of street urchins tell the story of a miserly old Englishman named Ebenezer Scrooge and his mean-spirited “Bah! Humbug!” response to the merry calls of Christmas.

As the story unfolds, a couple dozen more street kids act out the parts, repurposing common items to play improvised props and setting the stage for the chilling visits of the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

The cast in this rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” are members of the Northern Starz Theatre Company, and the stage is set inside Ramsey’s newly-completed Northgate Performing Arts Center.

“This is a beautiful new building in The COR and we are thrilled to perform there,” said Rachel Bohnsack, executive director of choreography for Northern Starz Theatre Company.

The child actors and actresses take the stage to perform “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 13, 14, and 15. (See sidebar for times and tickets.)

 

Samantha Sharon (playing Puppeteer) leans on her sister, Mikaela Sharon (playing Fred and young man Scrooge), during a Nov. 25 Northern Starz Theatre Company rehearsal for “A Christmas Carol.”

Samantha Sharon (playing Puppeteer) leans on her sister, Mikaela Sharon (playing Fred and young man Scrooge), during a Nov. 25 Northern Starz Theatre Company rehearsal for “A Christmas Carol.”Photo by Sue Austreng

Northern Starz Theatre Company

The Northern Starz Theatre Company evolved from what was once known as Broadway on Site, an Anoka-Hennepin Community Education program that started some 16 years ago.

Today, the theater company is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational and community theater designed to introduce students to theater. Not only that, the company provides the K-12 students with experiences that can build their knowledge of – and a love for – the theater arts.

“Education is more a part of our organization than what regular community theater offers,” said Bohnsack.

Northern Starz Theatre Company operates under the mantra, “You learn theater by doing theater.”

That philosophy is extended to nearly 120 students each year, as Northern Starz calls on talented professionals to share their expertise with the young thespians.

All of the children appearing in “A Christmas Carol” have appeared in Northern Starz Theatre or Broadway on Site productions before, some in as many as 30 productions, Bohnsack said.

“Once they start and get a feel for what theater is and the relationships that develop, they can’t get enough,” she said.

Best friendships have developed between children who otherwise would not have met, Bohnsack said.

“We have kids from all over, they don’t even go to the same schools but they form a bond in theater,” she said.

To learn more about the Northern Starz Theatre Company, visit www.NorthernStarz.org.

Showtime

The Northern Starz Theatre Company presents “A Christmas Carol” 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Ramsey’s brand-new Northgate Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and children under age 18.

A special showing for seniors will be presented at noon Dec. 14. Tickets for that performance are just $5.

The Northgate Performing Arts Center is located at 7295 Sunwood Drive NW, Ramsey.

For more information or to reserve tickets visit www.NorthernStarz.org or call Tina at 763-208-4716.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

 
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