‘A Christmas Carol’ in Greenport

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Ethan Popp and Vanessa Leuck on the steps of at Greenport’s First and South Restaurant & Bar.

Husband and wife theater professionals and North Fork residents Vanessa Leuck and Ethan Popp, founders of Broadway on the North Fork, are bringing their sold-out, one-man immersive adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” back to Greenport’s First and South Bar & Restaurant this holiday season. The three-hour immersive dinner theater experience is an all-new telling of a holiday favorite and runs December 13 to 23.

Returning as the show’s storyteller is New England actor Scott H. Severance, who has starred as Scrooge in the national tour of the production for the last six years. Severance’s regional credits include Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,” Harold in “The Full Monty,” King Triton in “The Little Mermaid” and Edna in “Hairspray.” His film credits include “Fever Pitch” starring Drew Barrymore and “Clear History” with Larry David.

Based on the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol” features a book written by Severance with additional material by Outer Critics Circle Honoree and Drama Desk Award nominee Vanessa Leuck and Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp.  Leuck provides the costume and scenic design, and Popp directs the production.

The festive holiday celebration combines a three-course meal with one man’s singular retelling of a tale he’s intimately familiar with, 50 years to the day after Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday redemption.

“Since conceptualizing the idea of Broadway on the North Fork after the New York Theater industry shut down in March of 2020, and with safety at the forefront of our minds, we’ve been committed to finding a way to bring, year-round, high-quality theatrical entertainment to the North Fork of Long Island,” Leuck and Popp stated in a joint statement. “We’re beyond thrilled to be partnering with Sarah Loth and First and South Restaurant & Bar, a venue known for their fantastic fare and creating unique themed events throughout the year, to present such an elegant retelling of this Dickens’ classic with an exciting, all-new twist.”

In the true spirit of the holidays, the production will be partnering with Center for Advocacy, Support and Transformation (CAST) to collect new coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and non-perishable food for North Fork families in need at performances between December 13 and 23.

The production will run with dinner performances at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from December 13 to 18, and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from December 21 to 23. Special brunch performances will also be held on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $145 for the show and dinner. Reservations are available at firstandsouth.com and broadwayonthenorthfork.com.

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