Montgomery, NY native Niko Papastefanou is getting a big opportunity starting Dec. 8. He’s starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Pace University adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” This version features music, dance and puppets. The performances are at the Schimmel Theater at Pace, which is where James Lipton hosts episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio.” Performances run through Dec. 12.
Niko Papastefanou’s hometown newspaper – The Times Herald–Record, serving New York’s Hudson Valley and the Catskills – took note of his leading role as Scrooge in Pace’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” A cast photo was also included in the story – http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101130/COMM/11300311
No “Humbug” This Season.
Just like Scrooge decided to give money to the less fortunate after his eye opening journey with the three ghosts, “A Christmas Carol” Director Grant Kretchik along with his cast of over 40 will fundraise after each of their eight shows and donate the money to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.
BC/ EFA is an organization that has raised over $195 million dollars since 1988 to provide people living with AIDS, as well as other critical illnesses, necessary services and care.
“This was the first organization that was even mentioned as an option for our fundraising,” says Tommy McKiernan, a cast member. “It’s a charity that was born right out of the theater community and benefits a cause that is a major health problem not only in the United States, but all around the world. It was a no brainer.”
Bethany Xan Jeffery, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge’s diligent housekeeper -Mrs. Dilber in “A Christmas Carol,” wrote the article on the inspiration behind Pace confronting the AIDS crisis that got picked up by BroadwayWorld –broadwayworld.com/article/Pace_University_Confronts_the_AIDS_Crisis_With_BCEFA_20101130#ixzz16nw5A4YB
“HIV/ AIDS is a rapidly growing disease that is plaguing the world and if we don’t help the government by raising money to fund the research ourselves, then who knows when it will cease consuming millions of lives. You can help by donating to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids at www.broadwaycares.org or any of the HIV/ AIDS charity organizations. All it took was one person to contact BC/ EFA from Pace University to organize a major effort against the AIDS crisis. It could be you.”