For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton,
office: 860-520-7114

Hartford Stage Announces Youth Ensemble Cast for 20th Anniversary Season Production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

Hartford, CT – November 1, 2017 – Hartford Stage today announced the youth ensemble cast for the 20th anniversary season production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. The beloved holiday family favorite will run Friday, November 24, through Saturday, December 30.

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Over the past 19 years, Connecticut families have been thrilled by Charles Dickens’ ghostly, heartwarming tale of redemption, which introduced the exclamation “Bah! Humbug!” and popularized the perennial greeting “Merry Christmas.” Adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson, A Christmas CarolA Ghost Story of Christmas is now directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Rachel Alderman.

Alexander O’Brien, 7, from Marlborough, and RJ Vercellone, 7, from Milford, will handle the pivotal role of Tiny Tim in alternating performances.

The youth ensemble cast (in alternating performances) also includes: Isabella Corica, 10, from Ansonia, as School Boy; Hunter S. Cruz, 8, from West Hartford, as School Boy; Ethan DiNello, 6, from Old Saybrook, as Fruit Child/Ignorance; Lily Girard, 12, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as Fan; Norah Girard, 7, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as School Boy; Nicholas Glowacki,11, from West Hartford, as Turkey Boy; Jaime Han, 8, from Glastonbury, as School Boy; Brendan Reilly Harris, 10, from Avon, as Boy Scrooge/Fred Party; Emma Kindl, 12, from Marlborough, as Claire; Amelia Lopa, 10, from Newington, as Belinda; Timothy McGuire, 10, from Glastonbury, as School Boy; Andrew Michaels, 5, from Wethersfield, as Fruit Child/Ignorance; Majesty-Alexis Moore, 5, from East Hampton, as Fruit Child/Want; Princess-Larrine Moore, 9, from East Hampton, as Spoiled Child/Fred Party Girl; Addison Pancoast, 8, from Rocky Hill, as Spoiled Child/Fred Party Girl; Ethan Pancoast, 13, from Rocky Hill, as Peter; Meghan Pratt, 9, from South Glastonbury, as School Boy; Tessa Rosenfield, 12, from Hartford, as Claire; Ankit Roy, 12, from Ellington, as Boy Scrooge/Fred Party; Sana “Prince” Sarr, 12, from Bridgeport, as Turkey Boy; Taylor Santana, 13, from West Hartford, as Fan; Jordyn Schmidt, 6, from Glastonbury, as Fruit Child/Want; Fred Thornley IV, 12, from Colchester, as Peter; and Ava Vercellone, 10, from Milford, as Belinda.

Information and Special Events

  • Dates & Times – The production runs Friday, November 24, to Saturday, December 30. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and select weekday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
  • Press and Opening Night – Friday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Audio Described Performance – Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss — free service with admission.
  • Open Captioned Performance – Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For patrons who are blind or have low vision — free service with admission.
  • Holiday Market Days – Sunday, December 3, matinee performance; Saturday, December 9, matinee and evening performances; Sunday, December 10, matinee; Saturday, December 16, matinee; and Sunday, December 17, matinee and evening performances.

Local vendors will showcase unique items for purchase in our lobby. Doors will open before the show at 12:30 p.m. for matinee performances, and 6:30 p.m. for evening performances. Booths will be open during intermission and after the show.

Tickets start at $25. For show times and tickets, visit or contact the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151. Student seats are $15 off the full price, excluding SuperSaver tickets. For group discounts (10 or more), contact Group Sales at 860-520-7114. Group rates are limited to select performances and based on availability. 

Alexander O’Brien

RJ Vercellone


Now in its 54th season, Hartford Stage’s mission is to enlighten, entertain, and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on audiences, the community, and its field. Led by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, Hartford Stage is renowned for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals – including over 70 world and American premieres – as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches approximately 20,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011, Hartford Stage has presented the world premieres of the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens – currently on Broadway; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.