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A Twisted Christmas Carol is a comedy parody based on the Charles Dickens classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Theatre Arts & Cultural Consultants (TACC) is an inter-generational group of professional Artists of which I am the founder and Artistic Director. This group of professional artists comes together to support our colleagues in their respective creative projects.

The project: A comedy entitled "A Twisted Christmas Carol" was developed at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center Senior Center (MMCSC), where I teach a drama class. I needed a storyline that an audience would recognize, but in the form of an original script. My colleague John R Graves and I began collaborating on this in the fall of 2011. My drama workshop-Senior Citizen-students met for eight weeks, where we worked on Method Acting Techniques, characterization and character/scene development, and improvisation. In December of 2011, a dramatic reading of the production was presented to a small audience of friends, MMCSC members and staff. Mr. Graves and I decided to continue developing this play having received an overwhelming response from the audience. We decided to pursue the idea of producing this production on a larger scale and for a broader audience. 

"A Twisted Christmas Carol" is a parody of the original Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. Like Dickens the play expresses the true meaning of the holidays. Dickens created Scrooge, where we have Caroline Brown; a rich, selfish, and lonely individual in the midst of the holiday season. Keeping her money means more than life itself. Our character is taken back to the past, the present and to her potential future by the ghost of a former 20's flappy dancer friend and this is where our version of the story develops. 

 The theater arts workshop classes began on October 15, 2012 and will be holding auditions for former and new students for all the roles and understudies. The workshop sessions will run for ten (10) weeks.

Production meetings will be held with my production team which include; stage manager: Damion Brown; playwright: John R Graves; costume designer/ wardrobe: Elizabeth Bello; set designer/props manager: Efraim Ayala and myself in order to outline and discuss all of the elements of the production. There will be one major rehearsal, one complete technical rehearsal, and one full dress rehearsal. We will have two performances, one on January 11, at 2pm, and an evening performance at 7pm followed by a reception. 

We are seeking a funding in the amount of: $9,526.00 for this project. The funds will be used exclusively for this production of “A Twisted Christmas Carol” and it's production expenses, which include: 1. Theatre Rental 2. Advertising/Promotion 3. Equipment Rental 4. Artist Fees and Services 5. Art Materials and Supplies 6. Miscellaneous Fees and Services.

Should we acquire extra funds, we will schedule an encore performance date or use the extra funds to take the production on tour throughout the Bronx.

On behalf of our cast and production team, I wish to offer my personal thanks and appreciation to our donors and supporters for helping make this project possible.

 Leona Heyward Hull, Artist Director

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As with any production endeavor, there is always the potential for mishaps and setbacks. As an experienced member of the performing arts for many years with extensive credentials as a director, I've learned to always step back, take a deep cleansing breath and look at the obstacle objectively. I listen to my production team gather their inputs, trusting their abilities to be creative. I delegate various responsibilities to those members of the cast and crew to assist me in finding the best solution.
With this particular project we have very little in the way of potential delays or other mishaps due to the fact that we've spent an inordinate amount of time and effort to create "contingency plans". Should a cast member become suddenly ill, there are understudies ready to fill in. Should an understudy not be available, either the writer or myself is always ready to step in and play any role. My experienced and talented production team is always prepared to find yet other ways of achieving the end result. If funds are not available to build a $4,000 set then they will scale down and build a less expensive one that will still meet the production's needs.
I place great trust and confidence in the human resources that I have at my disposal. The bottom line is this: The Show MUST go on! There is never any other way of thinking when it comes to the arts.

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