Bah Humbug! A Rhiner Commedia Carol



Thursday, December 15 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 16 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 17 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18 @ 4:00pm

For tickets go to Humbug Tickets or call 607-241-0195

Fun for the whole family!

Civic Ensemble presents Bah HumBug! A Rhiner Commedia Carol, a mashup of A Christmas Carol and Ithaca’s own history of the Rhiners done in Commedia dell’Arte style with character masks. At the heart of Dickens story are his concerns about poverty and social injustice, themes that continue to resonate with our community. Bah Humbug! examines the hardscrabble lives of the Rhiners in order to illuminate the issues of housing, food security and community sustainability that Ithacans face today.

Bah Humbug! A Rhiner Commedia Carol continues Civic’s tradition of inclusion and innovation. A collaboration with the History Center in Tompkins County, the show is inspired by both Dickens and our own local history of those in poverty living on the edges of society. The heydey of the Rhiners was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, overlapping the Victorian era in which Dickens was writing. This year we dive deeper into the Rhiner history to challenge our audience to judge if Dickens words still ring true for us today:  “Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

Bah Humbug! features Ithaca actors Sherron Brown, Sarah K. Chalmers, Alyssa Duerksen, Heather Duke, and Susan Lin. Civic Ensemble is thrilled to be producing another show this season with both theater practitioners and Ithaca Community Members who have all previously been part of Civic’s work as part of Civic’s commitment to its mission that Theater is Everyone’s Birthright. Freddy Villano will direct, Emily Goldman will Music Direct with Civic Ensemble artists Ella Carr as the Assistant Director/Stage Manager and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. as Producer.