By Matthew Blank
20 Dec 2011
With digital camera in hand, Broadway's James Ludwig — with help from Justin Blanchard, Hannah Woodward, Cheryl Mintz, Michael Unger, Emma Ritchie and Rachel Baker — takes Playbill.com behind the scenes.
James Ludwig has appeared on Broadway in Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors and in the Off-Broadway productions of Blue Man Group, De La Guarda, Bubbly Black Girl… and john & jen.
He first appeared in the McCarter's Christmas Carol starting in 2000 and has returned for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2011 productions.
A Christmas Carol stars Graeme Malcolm as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Justin Blanchard (Jacob Marley), Piper Goodeve (Fan), Michele Tauber (Mrs. Fezziwig), James Ludwig (Fred), Price Waldman (Bob Cratchit), Ronica Reddick (Christmas Present), Anne O'Sullivan (Mrs. Dilber), Tom Riis Farrell (Mr. Fezziwig), Andrea Goss (Lilly/Belle), David Kenner (Young Scrooge) and Christina Rouner (Mrs. Cratchit).
William Carlos Angulo, Rachel Baker, Eric Brathwaite, Mike Faist, Justin Henry, Stacey Jackson, Emma Ritchie, Arianna Rosario, Ryan Steer, Jessi Trauth and J. Morgan White round out the adults ensemble.
A highlight each year are the fourteen area children who fill the stage in a variety of roles. This year's Young Ensemble members are Kate Fahey (Richboro, PA), Annika Goldman (Princeton), Danny Hallowell (Skillman), Noah Hinsdale (Princeton Junction), Matthew Immordino (Pennington), Samantha Johnson (Somerset), Matthew Kuenne (Princeton), Adam LaCompte (Lawrence Township), Natalie Mehl (Califon), Benjamin Palmer (West Windsor), Jackie Patterson (Princeton), Sophia Sharma (Princeton), Olivia Sheridan (Lawrenceville) and Emma Ventola (East Brunswick).
A Christmas Carol, according to McCarter, is Charles Dickens' "timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his magical journey into Christmas past, present, and future."
"This production is truly a gift not only to our audiences but to everyone involved," stated McCarter producing director Mara Isaacs. "Whether you are nine or 99, the play never ceases to delight and amuse with its large cast of characters and timeless theme of redemption. Charles Dickens reminds us of the power we all possess to make the world a better place to live. People who remember seeing A Christmas Carol when it began at McCarter 30 years ago will be surprised to see how much it has evolved over the years."
The musical, featuring an adaptation by David Thompson and direction by Michael Unger, will run through Dec. 24.
Tickets may be purchased by calling (609) 258-2787 or by visiting www.mccarter.org.