‘Twas 20 days before Christmas and all through the Alhambra house, not a seat was to be found on Gala Night, not even the couch.
Gala night for “A Christmas Carole” on Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Alhambra Theater & Dining, was the fourth night of the show which started that Tuesday; and it was flawless. Singers were on pitch, lines flowed effortlessly, scenery and costumes reflected the period, and dinner was scrumptious.
Before you take a look at the delectable assortment of fine cuisine in the “Lists” article entitled, “Christmas Carole’s menu review for the Alhambra Theater and Dining” allow me to highlight some of the actors who you will encounter if you already have your tickets for this year’s presentation. If you still need tickets, call the theater for any ticket cancellations.
All fourteen actors gave a stellar, professional and memorable performance. The storyline has a few new twists from the creative genius of Bruce Allen Scudder, Janie Nowell and the direction of Tod Booth, so that the original content of the story is not as predictable as the traditional rendition of A Christmas Carol. “Christmas Carole” (note the “e” in the spelling) is brilliant and grabs the attention of the very young & the more mature attendees who were present.
Gary Marachek (Ebenezer Scrooge) has the best contorted facial expressions. He reminds you of a Shakespearian actor, yet he’s very comical as he interacts with the audience and the man can sing. Gary is no stranger to the stage as well as TV and motion pictures.
Tim Ellis (Nephew Fred) delivers his lines and he’s also a terrific narrator throughout the show. He has appeared in numerous productions in the states and abroad.
Kenneth Uibel (Jacob Marley & 3 Ghosts) is a familiar quick-change-artist who also changes his voice with each ghostly persona. Kenneth has been working with the Alhambra since 1985.
The Charity Men, Joshian Morales (#2) and his cohort Shain Stroff (#1) light up the stage with their ‘tweedle dee and tweedle dum’ antics in song, dance and acting. This is the first time that Morales has appeared at the Alhambra and it should not be his last. Stroff is also the choreographer for Christmas Carole and he has been in other Alhambra presentations as well as being on the road most of the year.
Adulations to Travis Gerald Young (Bob Cratchit), Michelle Lynn Myers (Dorothy Catchit). Harrison Davey (Tiny Tim), Taylor Halsema (Sarah), Joseph Parra (Fezziwig), Laurie Bloom (Molly Fezziwig), Kayla Kelsay (Belle) and Jennifer Aubuchon (Lizzie). Without these actors, Christmas Carole would not be as successful as it is today.
Dates: December 3, 2013 – December 24, 2013
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
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