Cast of A Christmas Carol
20th Year of Production
Matt Hackman ’02 reprises role of
Anthony Keitt reprises role of
Ghost of Christmas Present
The stage is set for a holiday tradition at Randolph-Macon College.
Ebenezer Scrooge will kick off the twentieth production of R-MC communication studies
professor Marilyn Mattys’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol, directed by
Joe Mattys, drama professor and director of the R-MC Arts Department.
This production, now in its 20th year, runs for seven straight days beginning Dec.
4, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5 – 6, 2 p.m.; Dec.7 – 10, 7:30 p.m. As in years past, cider
and cookies will be served in the lobby after the show, where the audience can meet
and greet the cast. For information on tickets and reservations, call (804)
“The first performance, in 1990, was staged in Old Chapel. The set was simply black
flats and floors with simple costumes. We only had a small troop of actors who played
numerous parts,” comments Joe Mattys. “Since then, the script has evolved slightly,
adding characters here and there and simplifying others and the sets and costumes
have become more beautifully designed. Yet, the story remains faithful and maintains
the spirit and tone of the original,” he says.
A Christmas Carol is not only a tradition at R-MC, but for local families
who make this an annual holiday gathering. Many of the cast members, including residents
from the Town of Ashland, have grown up acting in different roles of the annual
production. Returning for the twentieth production is ten-year veteran and Randolph-Macon
alumnus Matt Hackman ’02 playing the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Hackman is
thoroughly excited to reprise his role, saying, “I am excited about this year and
it will certainly be different and better than in the past.” Joining Hackman
in his return is four-year runner Bitsy Johnson ’09, who has played a variety of
roles. “The experience is incredible. It is awesome to be a part of such a long-running
tradition,” she says.
Click here to see
a photo gallery of 2009's A Christmas Carol.
Other familiar cast members include: