Troy Foundry Theatre Presents a Hauntingly Theatrical Rendition of “A Christmas Carol” as a Winter fundraiser for the company, with a solo performance by TFT Artistic Director David Girard featuring musical underscoring, ambience and more by Connor Armbruster.

TROY, NY – November 3, 2023 – Prepare to be transported to the eerie and enchanting world of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, as Troy Foundry Theatre proudly presents a spine-tingling one-man production like you’ve never seen before. With a story heavily adapted, edited and re-written by Wesley Broulik (Times Fool Company), Girard takes the stage in a solo performance with musical and sonic accompaniment provided by Connor Armbruster for an experience that will send shivers down your spine and warm your heart. This unique and ghostly adaptation, curated by Theatre Institute at Sage’s David Baecker & TFT’s David Girard with technical direction by TFT’s Creative Associate Ethan Botwick, is a limited-time performance and fundraiser for TFT and will take place during the heart of Troy’s Victorian Stroll weekend. Girard will bring to life all the beloved characters from the haunting tale, from the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to the ethereal Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Performances will take place December 1st through December 3rd at 19 3rd Street in Troy, NY, with the entrance to the performance through the Franklin Alley door at the back of the building.  Performances will be on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at 8:00pm and on Sunday, December 3rd (Victorian Stroll) at 12:00pm noon and 7:00pm.  There are three levels of support you can choose to offer TFT by purchasing a ticket. The highest price level will include an invitation to the post-show closing night party on the evening of Victorian Stroll at 518 Craft in Troy, NY with the first round of drinks on TFT. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.troyfoundrytheatre.com.  

“We’re excited to present this one-of-a-kind production that captures the essence of Dickens’ masterpiece in a way that is both haunting and heartwarming,” says Troy Foundry Theatre’s Producing Executive Director, Emily Curro. “Wes has created an incredibly tight, yet jam-packed adaptation. Both David’s (Girard and Baecker) have a special connection to this story. Girard has a lot of experience with solo-helming a show AND, we’re especially excited about the possibilities in Connor Armbruster’s musical and folie accompaniment; it will certainly add an extra layer of enchantment to the experience. This show is also the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit while also enjoying some spine-tingling thrills.”

Fundraiser Ticket Levels

$100 level:
Includes one ticket at your selected performance date with guaranteed first row seating and an invitation to the closing night post-show party at 518 Craft on Sunday, December 3rd at 8:30pm. First round of drinks is on us!

$50 level:
Includes one ticket with guaranteed second or third row seating at your selected performance date.

$30 level:

Includes one ticket at your selected performance date.

About the show:
Broulik’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” is a theatrical tour de force, emphasizing the gothic elements of Dickens’ classic while staying true to its heartwarming message of compassion, redemption, and the spirit of the season. This production not only emphasizes the spooky and supernatural aspects of Dickens’ tale but also draws on the tradition of Victorian gothic storytelling during the Christmas season. It delves deep into the rich tapestry of Victorian-era literature, where the yuletide season served as a backdrop for tales of spirits, specters, and moral reckoning. Perfect for Victorian Stroll weekend in Downtown Troy, NY! 

About Troy Foundry Theatre:
Troy Foundry Theatre is a pioneering and innovative theatre company based in Troy, NY, dedicated to creating unique and thought-provoking theatrical experiences. With a focus on artistic excellence and community engagement, the theatre consistently pushes the boundaries of what live theatre can achieve. For more information, visit www.troyfoundrytheatre.com

David Girard, a Capital Region native based out of Historic Troy, NY, has been working as a professional actor, director, and theatre educator for nearly twenty years. He currently resides with his dog Happy and is the Artistic Director of Troy Foundry Theatre. David is also a Core Adjunct Professor at Siena College, and is a former Associate Artistic Director for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company, serving 8 years in that capacity and positioning it as one Saratoga Springs’ cultural pearls. David also serves as a Teaching Artist and Capital Region Liaison for Brooklyn-based Stages on the Sound. He has appeared with, among others: Capital Repertory Theatre, New York State Theatre Institute, Adirondack Theatre Festival, New Stages, Theatre Institute at Sage, Hubbard Hall, Theatre Voices and Saratoga Shakespeare Company. He has directed for, among others, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Theatre Voices, Temple University, Union College, and Siena College respectively. David frequently moonlights at The Rep as an actor, fight director, assistant director, dramaturg, and dialect coach. David has also held guest positions with Union College, Rowan University, Russell Sage College, SUNY Albany and was a teaching artist for many years with the New York State Theatre Institute. David received his Bachelor of Arts in both Theatre and English Literature at Russell Sage (at the time, an all-women’s college) as a Male Apprentice – one of their first ever – graduating with honors. David received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Wesley Broulik is a performer, director, writer, producer, & educator. His work has been seen in television, films, commercials, new media, off-Broadway, New York theatre, regional theatre, and tours. Previously he served as the Head of Performance at The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Desiring to move back east to be closer to family, he now serves as an Assistant Professor of Acting & Directing at Central Connecticut State University and serves as Producing Artistic Director of Time’s Fool Company. He has studied Moment Work with Moisés Kaufman and Barbara Pitts-McAdams of Tectonic Theatre Project, is a Certified Teacher with The National Michael Chekhov Association, holds a certificate in and was part of the first teacher training cohort by Aretha Sills in the work and techniques of Viola Spolin, is an alumnus of the directing studio at Shakespeare’s Globe/Globe Education, and been a past participant of Director’s Lab North (Toronto, ON). Wesley holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts and is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, Dramatist’s Guild Inc, and The Shakespeare Theatre Association.

Connor Armbruster is behind a multifaceted body of work exploring performance art, electric violin, folk and traditional music, field recording, dance, and theatre. After debuting with Troy Foundry Theatre in 2021’s Where There’s Smoke: Illium Burns, Armbruster has become a regular performer and deviser with TFT. In the fall of 2022, he was musical director and lead composer for TFT’s original musical, City of Myth: Illium Sings. Armbruster is also a touring musician, performing both solo and with a wide mix of capital region artists including Blue Ranger, Hold On Honeys, Carolyn Shapiro, Russel the Leaf, Nathan Meltz, and Reese Fulmer. 

David Baecker is a Professor of Theatre at Russell Sage College/Theatre Institute at Sage. Past productions at TIS include She Kills Monsters, Happy Days, Stupid Fucking Bird, The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play,  Baskerville!, The Snow Queen, Freckleface Strawberry, and Romeo and Juliet. Other directing credits include A Christmas Carol (New York State Theatre Institute), Catastrophe (Troy Foundry Theatre), Shipwrecked!(Saratoga Shakespeare Company), Let Right Be Done (Jackson’s Lane, UK), The Fat Man: An Audience with Sydney Greenstreet (Glen Conservancy Hall) The Bridge (Brooklyn Historical Society), Mr. Sensitivity (NY Fringe Festival),  Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Santa Fe Theatre Festival), and Full Gallop (Theatre Voices). BA–Washington University in St. Louis, MFA–Florida State University, AEA.

Ethan Botwick is an Associate Artist with Troy Foundry Theatre and has curated and performed in over 10 productions with the company. He most recently appeared as Lysander in this year’s critically acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Capital Repertory Theatre. Other credits include The Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar (Ensemble). Romeo and Juliet (Saratoga Shakespeare Company), Comedy of Tenors, and Lion In Winter (Old Castle Theatre Company). Ethan also made his theatrical film debut in ‘Super Dark Times’ which premiered at the TriBeCa Film festival. Ethan is a Proud Member of Actors Equity Association.

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