Geva Theatre will present its annual holiday favorite “A Christmas Carol” on stage through December 24 in Rochester.
Actress Jean McCormick discussed the timeless Dickens tale and why its a family favorite in more ways than one Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.
McCormick portrays three characters in the production – Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Dilber and Mrs. Fezziwig. “It’s a lot of costume changes and wig changes and character changes,” she said. “It’s a story that’s great for Christmastime but it’s kind of, in my opinion, great for all time because it really is a story about somebody who finds himself able to open his heart and open his mind and change his trajectory in life, and I think that’s great!”
This is the third year in a row McCormick is part of the cast. “You see audience members that come back every year, the families come back, and then on stage we have families that, since there’s so many local children in the show, every year the kids grow up a little more and they move into a different role,” she observed. “So we have, for instance, the original Tiny Tim in the show is now the rehearsal wrangler for the children. So, she’s in high school now, I think, and her littlest sister is now playing Tiny Tim. So it’s kind of a nice little family tradition all around.”
When she’s not performing, McCormick spends time singing in a band with her husband. She’s also a self-professed cake lover. But the feeling of being on stage bring a special satisfaction. “It’s that interaction with the people on stage with you and in the audience. There’s a special energy that kind of goes all around the room, you know with the other actors and with the audience, that creates an energy in the room that’s just a fabulous thing. It’s a little lightning in a bottle every time!”
To witness that energy with “A Christmas Carol,” visit the box office, call (585) 232-GEVA, or click here.