The Mountain Pointe Theatre Company aims to start the holiday season on a fun note by presenting “Inspecting Carol,” a comedy that was described as “’A Christmas Carol’ meets “The Government Inspector’ meets ‘Noises Off’” when it debuted in Seattle.
It will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Mountain Pointe High School, 44th Street and Knox Road, Ahwatukee. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults, $5 for students.
The play is about a small professional theater company in a midsized city that strives to maintain funding and learns it will be inspected for a possible grant as it is preparing to produce “A Christmas Carol.”
The quirky theatre troupe includes a child who is a little too old to be playing Tiny Tim, a visionary Ebenezer Scrooge who has a few too many ideas, and an emotional, eccentric director. Confusion sets in when a mysterious "actor" arrives to audition.
A variation on a play by Nikolai Gogal, "Inspecting Carol” was described by Seattle critics as a “razzle dazzle of funny characters and ingenious jokes” and a “rollicking farce.”
Mountain Pointe alumus Corey Quinn, now a biology teacher at the school as well as one of the student troupe’s mentors, is directing.
The cast includes Lexi Artuga-Sirota as Zorah Bloch, Cory Drozdowksi as Sidney Carlton, Suzette Oliva as Dorothy Tree Hapgood, Alex De La Torre as Larry Vauxhall, Chance Stokes as Phil Hewlitt, Nemo Wright as Walter E. Parsons, Michael Rodriguez as Luther Beatty, Michael Williams as Kevin Emery, Naomi Johnson as MJ (Mary Jane) McMann, Lexi Rodriguez as Betty Andrew, Jack Rupp as Bart Frances and Quinn Rupp as Wayne Wellacre.
Stage managers are Jonice Bernard and Jayla Alston and the tech director is Jillian McDaniel.
Other members of the crew are: Mateo Valdez and Mara Doty, set chiefs; Madison Smith and Meagan Gibson, lights chiefs; Lexi Powers and Alexia Martinez, sound chiefs; costume chief Katie Corbin, make-up chief Taylor Simms and publicity chief Jessica Calabrese.
The rest of the crew includes Janae Jessie, Ruben Ayala and Cynthia Lui on props; Madison Somero and Julianne Porter on costumes; Alessandre Presume, Patrick Keysey, Jimena Ortiz and Kaylin Smith on sets; CC Marshall and Mikaela Romo on make-up; and Kaya Sciaudone and Natalie Jarrell on publicity.