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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Haunted Holiday Returns!


Summoners Ensemble
in association with the
Merchant's House Museum

Presents the return engagement of

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
At the Merchant's House

John Kevin Jones in A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House


20 Characters, 1 Actor, 1 Hour
Adapted by John Kevin Jones & Rhonda Dodd
from Charles Dickens' classic tale
Performed by John Kevin Jones
Directed by Rhonda Dodd

This is masterful storytelling
It's much more theatrical than a simple reading, but it still stays true to Dickens' voice.”
Theatremania.com – Zach Stewart

"A Christmas Carol stars John Kevin Jones in a stunning solo performance.”
Long Island Herald – Arlene Epstein

"John Kevin Jones offers a tour de force."
CrimCast – Demetra M. Pappas

“The experience is complete and perfectly suited to the season."
LaVoceDiNewYork – Laura Caparrotti

Some of Manhattan’s most famous resident ghosts will once again be visited by three well-known spirits this holiday season when Summoners Ensemble Theatre returns to the Merchant’s House Museum with A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House.

Decked with period decorations of the season, the elegant and intact Greek Revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan) provides the perfect setting for this work of captivating storytelling.  Based on Dickens’ own performance text, crafted for the stage by Jones and Dodd, the show highlights the story’s stunning narrative imagery and wry humor.

Hailed as “Manhattan’s most haunted house,” by The New York Times, A Christmas Carol’s ghosts could call no better place home.

TICKET INFORMATION:


Tickets are available beginning Wednesday, October 1 by clicking on the Brown Paper Ticket icon above and to the right or by calling BrownPaperTickets.com at 1 (800) 838-3066.

Regular performances: $37.50 - $57.50

Benefit performance, December 11: $100 - $125


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21
Monday, December 22 - Tuesday, December 23
Special Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 6:00 pm
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28

All performances:   7:00 pm curtain except where noted 
Benefit performance, December 11:  7:00 pm curtain

Group sales of 8 or more should email Summoners Ensemble Theatre at summonersensemble@gmail.com

Receive $5 off for Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14 with the discount code “Dickens.”

This is a strictly limited engagement and seating is limited.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Summoners Ensemble
in association with
Merchant's House Museum
present

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
At the Merchant's House

20 Characters, 1 Actor, 1 Hour
Adapted by John Kevin Jones 
& Rhonda Dodd
from Charles Dickens' classic

Performed by John Kevin Jones 
Directed by Rhonda Dodd

 
John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ personal performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Like Dickens’ readings, Jones’ performance is “. . . like an entire theatre company . . . under one hat” (author and historian Thomas Carlyle after seeing one of Dickens’ readings).

The Merchant’s House Museum’s elegant and authentic double parlor, complete with original d├ęcor, including gas chandeliers, period paintings, and marble fireplace, will be decked with period decorations of the season, providing the perfect setting for this inspired telling of Dickens’ classic tale. Called “Manhattan’s most haunted house,” by The New York Times, A Christmas Carol’s ghosts could call no better place home.

Come celebrate the season with this unique retelling of a holiday classic, glimpsed through the lens of Old New York. "God bless us, every one."


Ticket Information:

Tickets are available by clicking on the brown paper ticket icon above and to the right or by calling BrownPaperTickets.com at 1 (800) 838-3066.

Regular performances: $37.50.

Benefit performance, December 12: $100, $150.
$100 for performance and holiday reception, A Dickens of a Party.
$150 for performance, holiday reception, A Dickens of a Party, and one-year membership to the Merchant’s House Museum.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday, December 3 – Friday, December 6
Wednesday, December 11 – Saturday, December 14
Tuesday, December 17 – Friday, December 20

Regular performances:   7:30pm curtain 
Benefit performance, December 12:  7:00pm curtain


This is a strictly limited engagement and seating is limited.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Maxine Carol Martin Launches CD Fragments and Colors of Me With Benefit Concert November 1, 2013


 
"...definitely an album where she reveals herself and her great playing and vocals as well..."
 
Ken Laster of WHUS 91.7-Storrs, CT
Clarinetist and Tenor Saxophonist Maxine Carol Martin will launch her new CD, Fragments and Colors of Me, with a live concert, presented by Summoners Ensemble Theatre, November 1, 2013 at Smash Studios, (307 West 36th Street - 18th Floor) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Maxine brings her original, heartfelt music to the stage with guest, jazz guitarist Sinan Bakir.  Proceeds will benefit Summoners Ensemble Theatre.

Fragments and Colors of Me blends jazz, R&B, and Latin styles.  As well as performing on both clarinet and tenor saxophone, Maxine also provides the vocals on some of her inspiring, unique compositions. Along with guitarist Sinan Bakir, she's joined on stage by drummer Joe Palmer and bassist Matt Dwonszyk.

Tickets may be reserved by donation.
Suggested minimum donation:  $35.00 online - $40.00 at the door
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Maxine Carol Martin is a Hartford, CT. resident.  Maxine lived and worked in New York for over 20 years where she performed at many venues including Bar 55, CBGB's, The Bitter End, The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Smalls, and St. Nicholas Pub. She has performed throughout Connecticut and with other musicians such as percussionist Abu Alvin Carter, Sr., banjoist and guitarist Jim Mercik, singers Margaux Hayes and Nicki Mathis, drummer Michael Augeri, and bassist Paul Fuller. Maxine has also performed in many International Women in Jazz events with bassists Carline Ray, Miriam Sullivan, and Kim Clarke; pianists Linda Presgrave and Patrizia Scascitelli; drummer Bernice Brooks, and other artists.
Having studied with saxophonists Charles Davis and Kenny Rogers at JazzMobile in New York and with a B.A. in music from The University of South Florida, Maxine was also a music education major at Hartt School of Music where she audited classes with saxophonists Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffries. She is currently a private music instructor in Hartford, CT.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On tour with A Christmas Carol

Here are a few shots we wanted to share from A Christmas Carol's performances in the tri-state and mid-south!


Kevin  and Charles at the Frankel's party in Westchester enjoying a post-performance chat.



Joey and Kevin thanking Ruth for her hospitality. We're so glad she had us back for a second year.
Do we hear a third? 

Guests just after the performance in Hartford give a round of applause for A Christmas Carol!


At the Evergreen Theatre in Memphis, TN, Kevin  talks with Sandy after the first performance.

A Christmas Carol in The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row featured in The Wall Street Journal!

We are so pleased at the success we had presenting A Christmas Carol in the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. It was a great kick off to the holiday season!


Our poster in the lobby of Theatre Row!



Wrap a New Present In Fables of the Past
The Wall Street Journal - by PIA CATTON


Going deeper into the characters of "A Christmas Carol" is the mission on another Theatre Row stage, though John Kevin Jones's interpretation is a straight from the text, solo retelling of "A Christmas Carol," presented by Summoners Ensemble Theatre at the Studio Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday.

For Mr. Jones, Ebenezer Scrooge is more than a curmudgeon who changes his life out of a sense of guilt—it's more important that he's motivated by a new desire to do good. "I wanted to see him with his own humanity and experiences," he said. "It's about thinking, 'I haven't done anything to help anyone else and I haven't reached out.'"
His approach is pared down to a set comprising just a table and chair. The props are mimed, and Mr. Jones wears a simple costume that only approximates a period look. In many of the productions he's seen, he said, "there was something about the overblown production quality that took away from what Dickens was trying to say to us."

Keeping things simple also helps illustrate that "A Christmas Carol," though written 169 Christmases ago, offers enduring themes of struggle, generosity and forgiveness. "During the last Gilded Age there was such disparity between rich and poor," Mr. Jones said. "This businessman is all out for himself."

Scrooge can be a businessman, a comedian or a bodega owner, but the moral still works. And if it's a little different every year, all the better.
To read this article in its entirety, click the link below





Sharing success! Rhonda, Kevin, Joey and Sonya enjoying some post-performance glow!


A Christmas Carol makes big impact for some adorable little ones!


Duncan Regional Hospital presented A CHRISTMAS CAROL on December 23, 2012 and the evening was a great success. Proceeds benefited their outpatient Pediatric Rehab program. Here's a few snaps from the evening! 


Emma Harper says merry Christmas! - she was a guest of Duncan Regional Hospital that evening and one of the recipients of the proceeds of the event 


Kevin talks with the audience at the wine and cheese before the show!

The lobby full of festive folks and the holiday spirit!

Caught with his mouth open.... No one is surprised!

The beautiful lobby of the Duncan Regional Hospital's Pavilion.
DRH raised $2,900 which will help them to purchase toys and blankets for the children.

Here are two of the children that will benefit along with their therapists and the Foundation chair - Betty Apple. We're so proud our show could be a part of their mission!