Mike Randall as Charles Dickens
SPRINGVILLE — Mike Randall will return to the Springville Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in a solo performance of “Charles Dickens Presents: ‘A Christmas Carol.’”
According to Seth Wochensky, executive director of the SCA, Randall has been bringing his show to Springville for the last five years. Randall, who also plays Mark Twain in a separate performance, has been channeling Dickens since the actor originated the show at Musicalfare Theatre in Buffalo in 2007.
During this two-act show, Randall will recreate a reading tour that was given by Dickens and will act as all the Christmas Carol characters, including Scrooge, Jacob Marley and Mrs. Crachit.
“It really sort of exploded,” Wochensky said, about Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol.
“He’s probably done over 100 performances, all over the area: Niagara Falls, Corfu, Buffalo Seminary [and] Mount Morris, Niagara University; he has 13 shows scheduled, this season, alone.”
Randall, a Boston resident who Wochensky said has “a longstanding relationship with the SCA,” has performed at a variety of theaters in the Buffalo area, in addition to his full-time job as a meteorologist for WKBW-TV.
“It’s kind of interesting that Mike [Randall] does Dickens, as well as Mark Twain, since Mark Twain, who was the editor of the Buffalo Express newspaper, actually reviewed one of Dickens’ shows. It kind of comes full-circle, that way,” Wochensky added.
Research Randall presented on his website, www.charlesdickenslive.com, confirmed that the two men did cross paths.
Twain, who worked as a special correspondent for the San Francisco Alta California, reviewed Dickens’ January 1868 performance at the Steinway Hall in New York City, which the author was touring, as part of his American Tour. His was the sole negative review Dickens’ tour received. Dickens also visited Buffalo, later, during Twain’s tenure as editor. Wochensky noted that Twain was involved in bringing Dickens to Buffalo, another link between Randall’s two characters.
The SCA performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a reduced price, in advance, and may also be purchased at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased, by calling 592-9038. The SCA can also be found online at www.springvillearts.org.
The SCA is located at 37 North Buffalo St. This is a co-production of MusicalFare Theatre and Randall Kramer Executive Producer and is produced by Gerry Hashagen.