“It's here, it's here, Christmas time is here…” Which can only mean one thing: It is time once again to enjoy the family holiday tradition that is so purely Poconos.

“It's here, it's here, Christmas time is here…” Which can only mean one thing: It is time once again to enjoy the family holiday tradition that is so purely Poconos. Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol, Pennsylvania Rep Company's original musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, will light up the stage of the historic Sherman Theater in downtown Stroudsburg December 10 - 13, 2008.  In its 18th year of performance, the show shepherds in the holiday spirit with a touching tale sure to warm the heart.

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol, a musical interpretation by Poconos theater icons Michael Harron and Rick Cummins, is faithful to Dickens' timeless story of Scrooge, but told through the eyes of Tiny Tim. He meets the old “Humbug” just before Scrooge fires his father on Christmas Eve. Tim feels responsible, and in his attempts to set things to rights, unleashes an unfathomable chain of events aimed at saving Scrooge's very soul. It is only through the eyes of Tim, the “True Believer,” that Scrooge is able to see the truth of his life displayed by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The bond of friendship that forms between the invalid child and the old miser is a key factor in Scrooge's redemption. It is a lesson of the effect we can have on another's life if we open our hearts to the possibilities of friendship and concern. In short, it reveals the true spirit of the holidays which we should hold in our hearts the whole year through.

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol is part of the Plays in the Curriculum Series which has become a semi-annual event witnessed by thousands of area students and adults since 1990. Special school performances of Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol on December 10, 11 & 12 at 10:00 am engage local students in this time-honored tale of redemption. As in years past, there is a Q and A session with the cast and writer/director following each show. Study guides are available to teachers upon request.

In addition, two public performances will be staged December 12 and 13 at 8:00 pm. Admission to the student performances is $10 for students with teachers admitted free. Public performance tickets may be purchased for $12 (students under 18), $15 (seniors) and  $17 (adults).   For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.shermantheater.com or the theater box office at 524 Main Street in Stroudsburg, or call 570.420.2808.

Pennsylvania Rep is a non-profit theater company formed in 1990 by Michael Harron. The troupe is dedicated to the furtherance of live performance theater in the schools and hearts of the Poconos.

The 2008 cast members of Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol are:
Tiny Tim                        Conor Naughton
Ebenezer Scrooge                Michael Harron       
Bob Cratchit                    Tim Naughton
Martha Cratchit                    Katharine Dodel
Mrs. Cratchit                    Amy Cramer
Peter Cratchit                    Andrew McCarthy
Belinda Cratchit                    Ahna Kollar
Mr. Clay                        Charles Rosa
Mrs. Blythe                    Maureen Harms
Fred (Scrooge's Nephew)            Ryan Moore
John Edmond                    Matt Christie
Constable                        Sydney Southard
Mrs. Dilber                    Brydie Jacques
Spirit of Jacob Marley                Marty Courtney
Spirit of Christmas Past            Beth Dollard       
Fan (as a child)                    Madison Joyce
Boy Scrooge                    Madison Cerniglia
Scrooge's Father                Charles Rosa
Teen Scrooge                    Sean Gaughan
Fan (as a teen)                    Jillian Andres
Young Scrooge                    Ryan Moore
Young Marley                    Matt Christie
Fezziwig                        Marty Courtney
Belle                            Katharine Dodel
Fan (as an adult)                    Lauren Santarelli
Spirit of Christmas Present            Robb Taylor
Elves                            Delaney Dollard, Caileen Dollard,
                            Emily Carmella, Maria Johnson
Gloria (Fred's Wife)                Lauren Santarelli
Fred's Son                        Liam Naughton
Fred's Daughter                    Samantha Muniz
Female Guest #1                Beth Dollard
Female Guest #2                Sydney Southard
Spirit of Christmas Yet-To-Come        Hugh Halsey
Mrs. Haversham                    Jan Brightman
Joe                            Matt Christie
Newsboy                        Andrew McCarthy
Ensemble                        Mary Bolan
                            Emily Carmella
                            Caileen Dollard
                            Delaney Dollard
                            Sofia Lovito
                            Alyssa Palmigiano
                            D'anna Dimick
                            Jessica Oney
                            Mackenzie Maula
                            Emily Carmella
                            Sofia Pipalo
                            Sofia Schembari
                            Krysten Bowman
                            Amanda Franzo
                            Gabi Wilder
                            Alyson Wilder
                            Maria Johnson
                            James Durham