James Taylor made his long awaited theatrical debut as Bob Cratchit in the Berkshire Theatre Group production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” last weekend. Audiences flocked to see the renowned singer, joined by members of his family and a stage full of Berkshire residents make merry in the classic tale of the holiday unfolding all around us even as I write.
Thanks to Ken Regan and Camera 5, plus the helpful staff of the Berkshire Theatre Group, we are happy to give you a visual review of this wonderful show and its cast, every person a true star.
Known for his hits “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina in My Mind,” Taylor also penned songs for the Broadway musical Working. He makes his stage debut under the direction of Eric Hill, who also adapted the production and stars as Scrooge. Performances are Dec. 17. through Dec. 30 at the Colonial Theatre.
The cast also includes Britt Faulkner (Ghost of Christmas Past), Jacob Gold (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), Brandon Green (Ghost of Christmas Present), Emilee Logan (Tiny Tim), Eddie Shields (Young Scrooge), E. Gray Simons III (Marley), Kim Taylor (Mrs. Cratchit), Rachael Balcanoff (Mrs. Fred), Sarah Elizabeth Bedard (Belle), Michael Brahce (Narrator), Emma Foley (Fan), Daniel Garrity (Peter Cratchit), Sam Gillam (Fred), Amy Kane (Martha Cratchit), Hanna Koczela (Dorit Cratchit), Ralph Petillo (Fezziwig), Gail Ryan (Mrs. Fezziwig), Chris Vecchia (Belle’s Husband, Emelyn Theriault (Belle’s Daughter) and Paul Santerella (Undertaker).
The chorus includes Lindsay Belair, Caroline Fairweather, Michelena Mastriani, Connor McNinch, Lydia Richardson, Brighton Sawyer, Abby Schilling, Reeve Schroder, Samuel Schroder, Lauren Stanek, Henry Taylor, Marcella Tenuta and Sophia Tenuta.
On a stage full of stars, one seems to glow brightest of all. All you need to do is look at James Taylor in character to know this is a show not to miss. It could be the nicest gift the Berkshires has ever received from its artistic community.