Joshua Sibley and his dad, David Sibley, play Scrooge and Marley in last year’s production of “Scrooge.” Both are returning this year. EARNIE GLAZENER/Contributed photo

Local academy brings Scrooge to the Kirkland Performance Center

The Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance (KAMP) is bringing its musical production of “Scrooge” back for local audiences this year in a new venue.

Joshua Sibley, director of this year’s production, said the Kirkland Performance Center was the perfect space to showcase the higher production value they’re striving for with this year’s performance. “We’re going to be putting on quite a show,” he said.

“It’s been really exciting,” Sue Heale, who is the show’s music director and co-wrote the adaptation with Sibley and Lambros Lambrou, said. “We can have real lights and real sets.”

This year’s cast features 26 local actors, mostly from Kirkland, ranging in age from 4 to 67. Some of the actors are returning from last year’s production, but there are some new faces as well. “We’ve added a lot of really amazing talent,” Sibley said.

With the new venue and the time to refine the production from last year to this year, Heale plans to market their adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” to other community theater groups across the country next year.

“It’s a very literary play,” Heale said of their adaptation. “We took passages straight from the book and turned them into songs.”

The KAMP production of “Scrooge” features 22 songs, with 18 originals and the other four based on Christmas carols.

The changing venue isn’t all that’s new for KAMP, formerly known as Kirkland Music Academy. The business changed to become a nonprofit earlier this year and has relocated to Totem Square, in the old Dance Time Studios space.

The “Scrooge” performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9, and tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids and seniors. To buy tickets, call 425-893-9900 or visit kpcenter.org. For more information about KAMP or the production of “Scrooge,” visit kirklandmusicacademy.com.

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