BRANFORD — Legacy Theatre will present “Estella Scrooge,” the company’s first digital theater piece filmed entirely during the pandemic, utilizing cutting-edge technology, according to a statement.
“The fully realized production, a dazzlingly cinematic musical theatre adventure, was filmed using 3-D surreal digital environments created in post-production merged with the actual footage of the actors to bring the story to life in a brand new way,” members said. “It was originally developed over two holidays seasons at Rubicon Theatre Company, with further development and support from Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat. Estella Scrooge is available for streaming through the holidays.”
Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at www.LegacyTheatreCT.org .
A modern day take on Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol”, “Estella Scrooge” also wittily incorporates characters and plot lines from Dickens’ other great novels, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit and Bleak House, among others.
The production features a cast of 24 award-winning Broadway notables, and is the creation of John Caird,, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning director of “Les Misérables” and “Nicholas Nickleby”, and Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice). Caird and Gordon also paired to create “Daddy Long Legs”, which played at numerous regional theatres throughout the country and in four countries before enjoying a successful Off-Broadway run where Caird received a Drama Desk.
Betsy Wolfe (Waitress) stars as Estella, a descendent of her famous great great-great-great-grandfather Ebenezer. Clifton Duncan (The Play That Goes Wrong) stars as Philip ‘Pip’ Nickleby. 2020 Tony Award nominee Lauren Patten (Jagged Little Pill) stars as Dawkins. The production also stars Tony Award nominees Patrick Page (Hadestown) as Mr. Merdle, Carolee Carmello (Parade) as Marla Havisham and Danny Burstein (2020 Tony Award Nominee, Moulin Rouge!) as Ebenezer Scrooge.
The cast also includes Megan McGinnis (Little Women) as Betty Cratchit, Adam Halpin (Dear Evan Hansen) as Bob Cratchit, Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast) as Sissy Jupe, Tom Nelis (The Visit) as Dedlock, Em Grosland (Emotional Creature) as Smike, Phoenix Best (Dear Evan Hansen) as Charity & Mercy, David Bryant (Original Marius in Broadway’s Les Misérables) as Mr. Podsnap, and Gabrielle Reid (Beautiful: The Carol King Musical) as Mrs. Pumblechook.
Also, Samuel Lee Roberts (Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular) as Mr. Flopson, Michael Francis McBride (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) as Mr. Dombey, Michele Lee (Nutcracker Rouge) as Mrs. Noggs, Kristen Faith Oei (The King and I) as Ms. Skiffins, Meg Gibson (The Gabriels) as Molly, William Youmans (Wicked) as Magwitch & Bagstock, Kevyn Morrow (Moulin Rouge!) as Jasper Jaggers, Joziyah Jean-Felix (The Lion King) as Young Pip, Brooklyn Shuck (“Evil”) as Young Essy and Willow McCarthy (The Ferryman) as Tiny Tammy.
Estella Scrooge features musical supervision by Brad Haak (Mary Poppins), choreography by Natalie Lomonte (Every Woman Biennial) and casting by Tara Rubin Casting (Dear Evan Hansen). Director of photography and editor is Tyler Milliron (Streaming Musicals’ Pride and Prejudice), production art design is by Zach Wilson (Beauty and the Beast), costume design is by Somie Pak (“Mélange”), hair and makeup design is by Dena Olivieri (Forbidden Steps) and props design is by Katherine White (Streaming Musicals’ Marry Harry).
Tickets are $29.99 for 72-hour viewing for each household, or $44.99 for a VIP Premium Theatre Experience, which includes unlimited viewings, a download of the CD and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Once purchased, audience members receive a promo code for viewing which is entered, along with the customer’s e-mail address. Once activated, customers are set up with a free account for viewing on multiple devices.