Northlight Theater, under the direction of the artistic director Bj jones and executive director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2021-2022 season with the world premiere of Mr. Dickens’ Hat, A Play with Music written by Michael hollinger, directed by David catlin, with the musical direction of Chuck Larkin. Mr. Dickens’ Hat will run live and in person through January 2, 2022 at the Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The production is now also available online through January 16, 2022 via Broadway On Demand.
In a cozy Victorian shop is the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to transport water to victims of a train crash (that’s right!). When a pair of goofy thieves plots to steal him (it’s imaginary!), Young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat and free her father from debtors prison. The tale of this warm winter is full of original music, adorable characters and good humor.
Tickets for the in-person production are $ 30 to $ 89 and student tickets are available for $ 15, subject to availability. The ticket office is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie .; 847,673,6300; nordlight.org.
Tickets to broadcast the performance are $ 30 / individual or $ 50 / household are available through Broadway on demand. Each ticket grants the spectator a rental period of 48 hours. Tickets can be purchased at any time and the rental period begins at the start of the tour. The production is available to stream online until January 16, 2022.
Executive Director Timothy J. Evans comments: âWhile theaters were closed last year at the height of the pandemic, we offered our audiences the opportunity to watch productions from the comfort of their homes. This introduced us to new Northlight customers from across the country. and around the world. While nothing can replace a gathering for the theater, we are bringing Mr. Dickens’ hat to our own audiences and beyond, making the art as accessible as possible. “
Artistic director Bj jones adds, âThe new job is one of our main passions here at Northlight, so it’s especially important that we get back to what we do best with Mr. Dickens’ hat. We are proud to present to a multigenerational audience this new piece of entertaining, moving and thoughtful work. David is a famous director whose imaginative staging in his original company, Lookingglass Theater, brings a singular vision to life, as seen in productions like Frankenstein, Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice. It’s an honor to bring all of these artists to the Northlight audience. “
The cast includes: Christine bunuan (Lady Plume / Witslow), Cordelia Dewdney (Case), Kasey Foster (Mrs Prattle, Locksmith, Mother, Piggot), Brand David Kaplan (M. Garbleton, Gnat, Old Engineer, Polly), Ruchir Khazanchi (Ned, Countess, Styfflip, Mum) and Nick sandys (Father, Fleece).
The creative team includes David catlin (director), Chuck Larkin (Music Director), Guillaume Boles (decorator), Sully Ratke (costume designer), Jason lynch (lighting designer), AndrÃ© Pluess (sound designer), Jonathan Berg-Einhorn (properties design), Nate Cohen (assistant director), Andrei Borges (assistant light design), Chris LaPorte (assistant sound design). The stage manager is Katie Klemme and the assistant stage manager is Helen Lattyak.
Northlight’s production of Mr. Dickens’ Hat is funded in part by the Stone Family Fund, the Edgerton Foundation and Nan Greenough.
Photo credit: Michael Brosilow