Footlight Players will present “Scrooge Macbeth” by David MacGregor at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8-9 and 15-16 as well as 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Masonic Lodge, 133 S. Union St., Spencerport.
The play uses a series of skits, songs and dances to blend well-known Shakespearean characters with Christmas stories and traditions.
“Imagine if Scrooge showed up on Juliet’s balcony or Hamlet went Christmas shopping on Black Friday,” the play’s director said. “With quick costume changes and a rapid pace, the audience has no idea what is going to happen next and the more absurd the comedy becomes. Perhaps the best part is its accessibility. You definitely don’t need to know anything beyond the basics of Shakespeare’s plays to get the jokes. If you know how Cleopatra died or have heard the phrase ‘Beware the Ides of March,’ you’re good.”
“Scrooge Macbeth” is the latest production for the community theater company that was founded in 1990. Footlight Players has performed in Spencerport for the last 10 years. It stages various productions, including comedies, murder mysteries, musicals, new plays written by local amateur authors and holiday-themed projects. Shows attract performers from the Greater Rochester region with all levels of experience.
Inez Ringholz, of Greece, serves as one of the group’s original members and its current vice president. She said many performers who made their stage debut with Footlight went on to appear with other community theater groups in Rochester.
Ringholz said the Spencerport location is ideal for the group. Footlight is one of the few community theaters on the west side, allowing actors to reach an audience who may not want to travel as far to see a play. The venue is 15 minutes from downtown Rochester, meaning that residents from across the region can attend.
Cash-only tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. Enter the venue through the front doors on Union Street, or use the sliding glass door in the rear of the building to access an elevator.