Indian Valley Theatre announces casts for 'Scrooge,' 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

"Scrooge – The Radio Musical" and "Beauty and the Beast Jr." will be performed this winter at the Historic Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St.
"Scrooge – The Radio Musical" and "Beauty and the Beast Jr." will be performed this winter at the Historic Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St.

Indian Valley Theatre has announced the casts for its next two productions. The casts are already busy rehearsing. Both shows will be performed at the Historic Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich.

The first production is “Scrooge – The Radio Musical.” In this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge is the definition of a miser. He is rich, but completely stingy with his money, and he exploits the good nature of his employee Bob Cratchit. On Christmas Eve, however, Scrooge is in store for a rude awakening when he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who informs him that he is going to be visited by three ghosts, including the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present.

The cast includes Newark resident Daren Whaley; Sandwich residents Greg Groat, Sharon Pagoria, Geoff Penman, Christy Penman, Paige Penman, Kari Frantzen and Michele Wade; Seneca resident Jaxun Sibert; Marseilles residents Cara Paterson and Emma Paterson; Earlville resident Greg Peterson; Plano residents Abi Munar and Ina Munar; Millington resident Jacob T. Roller; Yorkville resident Jim Stott; and Somonauk resident Theodore Engelsdorfer.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets cost $18 in advance or $20 at the door.

The second production is Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The cast includes: Hailey Barngrover of Somonauk as Belle; Lucas Sus of Genoa as Beast; Nate Reynolds of Kingston as Gaston; Brendan Massey of Yorkville as Lefou; Matthew Brockway of Somonauk as Maurice; Cara Davis of Somonauk and Gabrielle Szafranski and Paige Penman of Sandwich as Silly Girls; Isaac Ortega from Sandwich as Lumiere; Hunter Ahrens of Sandwich as Cogsworth; Elena Ortega of Sandwich as Mrs. Potts; Tyler Lorentzen of Somonauk as Chip; Rayna Vogen of Sandwich as Madame De La Grande Bouche; Stephanie Sus of Genoa as Babette; Cooper Akin of Sandwich as Monsieur D’Arque; Maggie McGuire of Somonauk as Enchantress; Carter Schure of Sandwich as Young Prince; Brynn Ramage of Waterman as Enchanted Statue in the Castle; Trey Ambrose of Plano, Cassidy Gerken of DeKalb and Gavin Lorentzen of Somonauk as Narrators; Isabella Vancil, Grace Anderson and Sophia Bode of Sandwich and Autumn Gushi of Waterman as Wolves and Enchanted Servants; and Cadee Goldstein, Brody Skorup, Jackson Heilemeier, Mike Loss and Henry LaBolle of Sandwich, Sierra Beatty, Kaidden Bailey and Kainnen Bailey of Sheridan, Hannah Barngrover of Somonauk, Milena Albertson of Yorkville, Lauren Jordal of Lee and Emma McClure of Waterman as Villagers and Merchants.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 and 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Tickets for both shows can be purchased in advance online at www.indianvalleytheatre.com. For questions or more information about Indian Valley Theatre, email info@indianvalleytheatre.com or call 888-365-8889.

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