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December 27, 2011 > A Christmas Carol delights in opening weekend

A Christmas Carol delights in opening weekend

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts' (CCPA) premier of the Broadway version of "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," delighted a full houses during its opening weekend at the company's new home, the San Leandro Arts Education Center on the San Leandro High School campus.

The musical version of the classic tale based on Charles Dickens' novel was brought to life by the diverse and vibrant cast of community performers. Rich vocals, elaborate sets, staging, and costume design transported the audience to 1800s Dickens' London. San Leandro's new Arts Education Center presented an ideal venue for Curtain Call, now in its fourth season, as awe-inspiring special effects were introduced including flying ghosts by ZFX Flying Illusions, and a look at Scrooge's past, present, and future through a "portal" lighting effect that would have made the "Christmas Carol" Broadway creative team of Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast"), Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime"), and Mike Okrent ("Crazy For You") proud.

"The cast and crew's months of hard work truly paid off," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Co-Founder and Artistic Director. "We had a great 'Family Day at the Theatre' with around 400 families in attendance, and our 'Gift of Broadway' free assembly program shows are on Thursday, making the show more accessible than ever to youth and families in our community."

Curtain Call provides multiple shows free of charge to local school children as part of its exclusive "Gift of Broadway" free assembly program, and "Family Day at the Theatre," where admission for K-8th grade children is only $1 with a paid adult.

The vision of CCPA is to ensure that performance-based arts are accessible to everyone who desires to participate or attend performances by keeping both ticket prices low and class/workshop tuition affordable. To learn more about CCPA and their upcoming performances visit or call (510) 629-9516.

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