SAN LEANDRO -- Scrooge finds himself at a Roaring '20s party and encounters zombies in a re-imagined "A Christmas Carol, the Musical" being staged by a local theater group.
Curtain Call Performing Arts' version of Charles Dickens' holiday tale opens Dec. 14 at the San Leandro Arts Education Center.
"We're placing Scrooge in 1940s-era London. But all the music is the same; it's the same traditional story," said David Ojakian, marketing director for Curtain Call. "What's exciting about this one is when the Ghost of Christmas Past comes to visit Scrooge, she takes him back to the 1920s."
While there, Scrooge catches a Rockettes-style show. "It's going to be a lot of fun," Ojakian said. "Our director, Misty Megia, has a lot of vision; she tries to find new ways to tell the story. And our artistic director, Andrea Gorham, also thinks outside the box."
And where do the zombies come in? When the ghost of Marley warns Scrooge to change his ways, zombies join in to sing "Link by Link." "But this is very much a family show," Ojakian said.
The show has 43 actors in the all-volunteer cast. "It's an ensemble show, with a range of ages. And our cast is from all over the Bay Area: San Leandro, Livermore, San Ramon, Pleasanton, San Francisco and Oakland," he said.
Tickets for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be discounted to $1 with a paid adult at the 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 16 as part of Curtain Call's Family Day at the Theatre program.
"It really makes it a lot easier for a family to see the show. We've had hundreds of families come at Family Day," Ojakian said.
Curtain Call also performs free shows at school assemblies.
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Presented by Curtain Call Performing Arts
When: Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 21-23
Where: San Leandro Arts Education Center, San Leandro High School, 2200 Bancroft Ave.
Tickets: $25 adults, $22 students and seniors, $5 discount for groups of five or more; www.curtaincallperformingarts.org, 510-909-9516