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Submitted photo Symphony preparing for holiday concert Artistic Director and Conductor Donald C. Buxton leads string instrument players of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Or- chestra in the first of several rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert at 2 p.m., Dec. 8, at Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. The concert will feature a guest soprano and excerpts from Tchalkovsky's "Nutcracker Suite.  The nonprofit MSO, "The Eastern Shore's Own,  has given concerts around the peninsula since 1997. For infor- mation and tickets call Delaware Tech at 8585475 or toll free 888-846-8600. Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover to offer 'Ebenezer' The Schwartz Center for the Arts Center continues its 2002 Holiday presentations with the North American Premiere of "Un- cle Ebenezer - A Christmas Carol - The Musical." Originally pro- duced in London in 2000 to criti- cal acclaim, and presented as a workshop in Provincetown, Mass., in 2001, this North Ameri- can premiere production will be fully produced with lavish cos- tumes, scenery, music, and a cast of 13 seasoned professionals from throughout New England joined by more than 20 Dover area per- formers from ages 6 to18. "We hope to make this an annu- M event for the entire area," said Director Jeffrey Ortmann. "With performances at the Ipswich Cen- ter in Massachusetts Dec. 6 and 7, the company will travel to the Schwartz Center in Dover for eight performances, including student matinees, a special senior matinee and four performances for the general public. It is:a wild undertaking. We have a core cast of thirteen that will travel to both sites and separate local casts in si- multaneous rehearsals in both cities. Next year we plan to add two or three more cities to the lineup." Ortmann directs the production with Jacqui Young as assistant di- rector and choreographer, both residents of Salisbury Beach, Mass. Cathy Sanborn Street, of Portsmouth, and a seasoned per- former, stage director and musical director is musical director. Jim Burkholder of Hampton Beach, Mass., does double duty as set de- signer and takes on the role of Scrooge. Walter Jalbert, also of Salisbury Beach and an accom- plished musical theatre and opera singer, recently played the title role in "Sweeney Todd" and was director of "The Man of LaMan- cha" takes on the role of the nephew. Rich Jorn of Newbury- port, Mass., is the lighting design- er and Libbie Womack of New- buryport and Leslie Darling of Hampton, N.H. are costuming the production. The production boasts familiar carols and Gilbert and Sullivan tunes with new lyrics as well as many melodies and songs that are delightfully arranged by An- nemarie Lewis Thomas, both from London. The book and lyrics are written by Phil Willmott, adapted from Dickens. The cast includes, in addition to the above, playing multipl e roles: Ron Brinn, of Wobum, Mass., as the charitable gentleman, the lighthouse keeper, Mr. Fezziwig, Scrooge's stepfather, Marley and ensemble; Robert Moeller, of Gloucester, Mass., lyric tenor, performs the roles of Reverend Pollet, a caroler, the undertaker, the upper class gent, a business- man and ensemble; Kim Carrel of Boston, performs Alec, Scrooge's stepbrother Richard, a caroler and ensemble; Laurie Ewer of New Hampshire performs Belle, a beg- gar woman, a caroler and ensem- ble; Cheryl Fortier, also from New Hampshire, is dance captain and assistant to Ms. Young and performs Martha Cratchit, a princess, a spirit and ensemble; Kathleen Keefe of Boston plays Eleanor, a beggar woman, Laura, a caroler and ensemble; Michael LaMalfa of New Hampshire plays Young Scrooge, a spirit, Old Joe and ensemble; Kaja Scheppert of Boston performs Christmas Past, Continued on page 98 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 - 97