A Christmas Carol

Presented by Shake on the Lake in partnership with The New York State Puppet Festival Press Photo Credit Kat Kuo.jpg

The show is a haunted take on the Dickens’ classic being presented in the village of Perry, an emerging center of puppetry in New York State, this December

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, he created several memorable characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim to the host of supernatural visitors. To tell this classic story, professional theatre company Shake on the Lake only requires two actors and the help of many puppets. See this innovative production designed and directed by Producing Artistic Director, Josh Rice, made in conjunction with the New York State Puppet Festival at Theatre@37 in Perry, New York this December.

Josh Rice, actor and founder of the New York State Puppet Festival, and Shake on the Lake co-founder, plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Josh co-founded Shake on the Lake in 2012 and also is an accomplished theatre artist who has performed around the world as a puppeteer, most recently with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

“I designed the show to be fast, fun, and a physical spectacle. The challenge of having two actors—one playing Scrooge, and one playing everyone else— makes the puppets an integral and creative force within the show,” says Josh Rice, who also is the show’s director. “I also think the story is much scarier than people give it credit, and our mix of shadow puppets, Bunraku-style puppets, and large-scale pageant puppets, combined with the intimacy of the theatre space, really enhances the horror elements of the original Dickens tale.”

In her acting debut in Western New York, Madeline Dauer will play all the other characters in the show besides Scrooge. Madeline lives in New London, Connecticut where she is an associate artist with the Flock Theatre Company. She will look familiar to audiences because she was a puppeteer in two productions at the New York State Puppet Festival this past June.

Theatre artist Josh Marcks is the puppeteer and Associate Puppet Designer for the show. He will be working with Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Josh is an accomplished puppeteer who has trained in Japan with fifth generation puppet master Koryu Nishikawa V.  Recently, he hosted a Puppetry Workshop as part of the Shake on the Lake Community Education Lab that culminated in a student performance. He also presented his original piece The Else at the New York State Puppet Festival.

“Through the New York State Puppet Festival and the work we have done with Shake on the Lake, Perry is becoming a center of puppetry in New York State,” says Josh Rice, “A Christmas Carol is part of this artistic movement, and our hope is to instill this holiday show, as well as the New York State Puppet Festival, as a tradition in our area for years to come.” 

A Christmas Carol opens on December 7 at 7 p.m. and runs December 8 (2 and 7 p.m.), December 9 (2 and 7 p.m.), December 14 (7 p.m.), December 15, (2 and 7 p.m.), and December 16 (2 and 7 p.m.). The first weekend has opening acts of Wyoming County Community Action Carolers. For December 14, 15, and 16, Genesee Dance Theatre will premiere their Revisited Nutcracker. Tickets are $20 per person or $90 for groups of 5 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.  All shows take place at Theatre@37, 37 S. Main St, in Perry, NY. 


Running Dates:
12/07/2018 - 12/16/2018

Shake on the Lake