The Cricket on the Hearth
by Way Off Broadway Community Players

Dec. 10 - Dec. 19, 2021

Dickens’ heartwarming Christmas tribute brings a genial spirit into the festivities as Mr. Tackleton, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge, is changed through the course of the story, into a better person. In "The Cricket on the Hearth", the Peerybingle household is watched over by a cricket who is the household’s guardian angel. He represents the spirit of the Victorian ideal of a happy home. Things get interesting when a mysterious stranger rents lodging and when all the household’s lives become entwined in those of the poor toymaker Caleb Plummer, his blind daughter Bertha, the miser Tackleton, and Tackleton’s unwilling fiancee May Fielding. With great plot points of suspense, intrigue, and mistaken identity along the way, the audience wonders if it will turn out all right. Published in 1845, this story of love at Christmastime has long been a popular ‘sequel’ to Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843.

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Director: Jennifer Gonzalez
Assistant Director, Stage Manager & Tech: Lou Russell
Narrator: Andrea Littlefield
John: Billy Cagle
Dot/Mary: Rene McKay
Caleb: Michael Costilla
Tackleton: Michael Paddock
Edward/Stranger: Nick Ivons
Bertha: Avery Cline
May: Carol Beth Anderson
Mrs. Fielding: Beverly Conner
Tilly: Ana Anderson

The Cricket on the Hearth
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Norman Blumensaat
Way Off Broadway Community Players

December 10 - December 19, 2021
Smooth Village
203 West E Broade Street
Leander, TX, 78641

Opening night is Friday, December 10, 2021, with performances December 10, 11 and 17, 18 at 8:00 pm, and two Sunday shows, December 12 and 19 at 5:30 pm.  Performances will be outdoors at Smooth Village, 203 W. Broade St. in Old Towne Leander.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Seniors, Students, Children, Military, and First Responders and are available at or through a link on both the Facebook page and  You will receive a wristband showing that you have purchased a ticket. No outside food or drinks are allowed!  Although limited seating will be available, please bring a lawn chair.  

Smooth Village is located at 203 W. Broade Street in Old Towne Leander.  Parking is limited.  The Smooth Village bar will be open on Fri and Sat and a food truck is planned to be available.  

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