The Past, Present and Future of Scott Severance.
The holidays are in full swing, the weather is somewhat cooler, and A Christmas Carol arrives Tuesday, November 30! Before the curtains open, we spoke with Scott H. Severance, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge and wrote the Perseverance Productions adaption of this classic Charles Dickens story.
How long have you worked with this tour?
Well, since the inception about seven years ago, I have played Ebenezer Scrooge. I wrote the adaptation, and in past years, I have directed and produced the piece. Last year, COVID wiped out the tour, so I worked with some NYC friends and developed a one-man version of the show, which held live performances at a small restaurant on Long Island, NY, as well as a live stream.
How did you begin working in theater?
I was the class clown in high school, majored in Theatre at the University of New Hampshire, and started working steadily on stage by age 20. The seeds of my acting career were sown when I was an awkward boy. My parents had recently divorced; we moved to a new town with a new stepfather and I was double promoted in school from grade 3 to 5. I was regularly a target of the local bullies. I was lonely, confused, and scared.
I turned to comedy as my comfort, figuring that if I could make people laugh they would leave me alone or maybe even like me. Developed my skills over the years, and now, theatre/comedy serves as my survival mechanism/therapy.
❤️Audience laughter and applause is like a giant hug to me. ❤️
Who inspired you to become an actor?
My earliest inspirations were Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, the Dean Martin Comedy Roasts, the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, the Three Stooges, and any number of cartoons, especially Bugs Bunny.
What are your favorite things to do before and after a show?
The schedule on Tour is VERY dense, so there is little or no time to indulge in rituals or routine before or after a given performance. I have never been one to follow any particular actor superstitions. I do appreciate dressing room quiet time prior to hitting the stage, and I try to treat myself somehow post show.
What is your favorite Holiday movie, and why?
Charlie Brown's Christmas is a sentimental favorite, and I do love the animated Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Of all the Christmas Carols versions, I best love the Muppets one with Michael Caine. However, my all-time favorite is A Christmas Story (you'll shoot your eye out, kid).
The movie itself is very quirky, funny, and heartwarming. I think the Ralphie character reminds me of myself. It makes me laugh every year!
Scott has over 400 professional credits as actor, director, producer and playwright during his multiple award-winning career. He has played the iconic role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in eight different professional productions, earning standing ovations at each turn. Film credits include Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore and Clear History with Larry David.
Do you want to see Scott perform as Ebenezer Scrooge live on stage? Great seats are available! Do not miss the all-new production of A Christmas Carol.
For tickets and more information, please visit the event page.