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Cricket on the Hearth











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Written and directed by Jerry Miller

Music and Lyrics by Marcel Daguerre and Jerry Miller


In 1845, Charles Dickens published the Christmas novella The Cricket on the Hearth. It was an immediate success, inspiring several staged play productions and two operas. Throughout the 19th century it was highly popular. By the turn-of-the-century there were three silent film versions and, later, several radio plays, and in the 1960s an animated feature. Little by little The Cricket on the Hearth faded further into the background as A Christmas Carol emerged as the undisputed champ of Dickens’ holiday stories. TOTR is delighted to bring you an original show with a brand new script that is perfect holiday fare for the whole family. Cricket on the Hearth is filled with magic and music, laughter and tears, and a few twists and turns. In a nutshell (roasted chestnut), our story is about the Peerybingle family, who are forced into the middle of an unwholesome matrimonial match when the rich curmudgeon Tackleton has designs on young May Fielding, who was betrothed to the young sailor Edward that was tragically lost at sea. Fortunately, for all the mortals, there is a team of unseen fairies whose job it is to protect the harmony of the human beings in their charge.


Performance Dates:


November 6 ~ December 7

(No Performances Thanksgiving Weekend)


2015 Season ~ Celebrating 40 Years!


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Jan 22 - Feb 15
Peter and Alice Mar 26 - Apr 19
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Masha & Spike June 4 - June 28

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Sept 3 - Sept 27
Nov 5 - Dec 6

7:30 PM Curtain for our Evening Performances

2:00 PM Curtain for our Matinee Performances