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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Green Bay Troupe Leader Revises His Version of ‘A Christmas Carol'

Daddy D Productions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Daddy D Productions’ version of “A Christmas Carol” will return to Riverside Ballroom as a dinner theater presentation next week.

The schedule for “A ‘Musical’ Christmas Carol” is 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. show Nov. 14 and 16 and noon meal, 1 p.m. show Nov. 17. A show-only option is available, too. Info: daddydproductions.com.

Darren Johnson is leader of Daddy D productions, and shaper of this version of the Charles Dickens classic story.

Johnson is directing the production. He says he has written a “revamped” version for the 2018 season.

Johnson includes additional scenes, original songs, Christmas carols and highlights either from the Dickens’ book or the popular movie version starring Alastair Sim. 

Accompanying a vocal group are Barb Hinnendael (piano) and Larry Frye (violin).

The cast comes from within Daddy D Productions and, mostly, from other local companies and the community.

The lineup: Parker Drew (Scrooge), Sarah Fairchild (The Maid), Jeremy Pelegrin (Bob Cratchit), Sandy Zochert (Ghost of Christmas Past), Gary Radke (The Ghost of Christmas Present), Greg Polacheck (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and Grandfather), Sophie Goska (Child Narrator), Michael Blair (Fred), Ethan Zuidmulder (Young Scrooge), Megan Schauer (Martha Cratchit), Michelle Oren (Belle), Erin O’Connell Patchak (Mrs. Fred), Mason Patchak (Tiny Tim), Lane Zuidmulder (Belinda Cratchit), Angela Thielke-Zuidmulder (Mrs Cratchit), Greta Gartzke (Fan), Darren Johnson (Mr. Fezziwig), Debbie Degroot (Mrs. Fezziwig),  Myrna Dickinson (Solicitor), Carol Miller (Solicitor), April Strom-Johnson (Undertaker), Joe Stege (Old Joe) and a special video appearance as Marley by Stu Smith.

This production has evolved year by year since first being presented in 2013.

The troupe promises “a show you will not see anywhere else.”

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.


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