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Local boy starring as ‘Tiny Tim’ in play

November 26, 2010
From staff reports

PITTSBURGH - The cast of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's "A Musical Christmas Carol" features a host of returning favorites led by Weirton's own Eli Tokash as Tiny Tim.

"A Musical Christmas Carol," based on the timeless novel of redemption by Victorian author Charles Dickens, will be staged Dec. 9-23 at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh.

Tokash returns for his second season as Tiny Tim. A 7-year-old, second-grader at St. Joseph the Worker School, Tokash also attends the Pittsburgh CLO Academy. He last performed for Pittsburgh CLO in "Oliver!" last summer. Other credits include the short film "Anywhere But Here" which premiered at the Three Rivers Film Festival, and the upcoming feature film "Super 8," directed by J.J. Abrams. Tokash can also be seen as a face/voice for the American Diabetes Association in its public service announcements.

Tokash was encouraged to try out for the part of Tiny Tim last season by his theater teachers, although he had never performed before joining the academy. Approximately 30 children tried out for the part, and Tokash was among the three who received call backs.

The musical, conceived by David H. Bell, features authentic Victorian and pre-Victorian Christmas melodies, including "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angel Sing," "Good King Wenceslas," "The 12th Day of Christmas," "Deck the Halls," "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Joy to the World."

It follows Dickens' traditional story of Scrooge visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve in an attempt to avoid the fate of his one-time partner, Marley, whose greed fated his shade to never rest, wandering in chains. Tom Atkins as Ebenezer Scrooge returns for his third-consecutive appearance in "A Musical Christmas Carol." Atkins is perhaps best known for his numerous film and television credits, including "Escape from New York," "The Fog," "Creepshow," "Lethal Weapon," "Bob Roberts," "Striking Distance" and "My Bloody Valentine 3D," as well as "M*A*S*H," "The Rockford Files," "Homicide" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A Pittsburgh native, he has performed in numerous Pittsburgh Public Theater productions, most notably starring as Art Rooney Sr. in "The Chief." He recently reprised his role in the film version of "The Chief." On Broadway, he appeared in "The Changing Room" and "The Front Page."Tickets are now available by calling (412) 456-6666; online at or at the Theater Square box office.

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