Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Performing Arts

CATCO’s ‘Christmas Carol’ brings some more holiday spirit to Columbus

See also

A Christmas Carol

Rating:
Star5
Star
Star
Star
Star

We all know the classic tale that’s told around Christmastime – the grouchy old Ebenezer Scrooge who despises Christmas is visited on Christmas Eve night by the ghost of his former business partner and three spirits which help him rediscover what the holiday season is all about. There have been many adaptations of A Christmas Carol over the years, and it’s a story that never really gets old. And CATCO’s current production of A Christmas Carol tells the story in a way you’ve probably never seen before.

Set in the 1940’s in England, a group of actors find an abandoned theatre. Inside, they discover old props, costumes, sets, and the scripts to A Christmas Carol. Deciding to have a little fun, the group of friends starts reading the scripts out loud, each taking on different roles and tasks in the story.

And so Christmas Carol comes to life again on the backdrop of an abandoned theatre.

The story itself is largely the same as what you already know – with a few twists here and there to bring attention to the fact that it’s actually a play – but because of the set up at the beginning of the show, the antics that go on elsewhere on the stage make for a very different, and interesting, viewing experience of this story. Seeing the actors moving around the set pieces and backdrops, performing sound effects around the stage, and generally helping create the atmosphere of the play they’re putting on gives the show a “behind-the-scenes” kind of feel that is incredibly unique.

Speaking of the actors, CATCO has one again assembled a phenomenal cast of both new and familiar faces alike. Taking the role of Scrooge himself, Ken Erney embodies the classic character in a comfortably familiar way while also bringing his own elements into it. He has a dark humor that runs throughout the show, and his reactions to events are both authentic and entertaining. The other actors take on several characters throughout the show with apparent ease. Ben Sostrom, Dani Mann, Liz Wheeler, Matt Clemens, Emily Turner, Japheal Bondurant, and Ben Hartwig make up the rest of the cast, and the rest of the characters. I could not help but be incredibly impressed with their seamless transitions from character to character, bringing something new to the stage each time they made another entrance.

All in all, A Christmas Carol is an incredibly enjoyable play that sticks to the classic story while also bringing something new and unique to the stage. One thing is for sure – CATCO is not lacking in Christmas spirit this year.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • NHL ice girls
    They may be smoking hot, but these NHL ice girls serve a purpose
    Camera
    Sports Chicks
  • Miley Cyrus
    Find out why Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a Kansas City concert
    Video
    Music News
  • Amaris Jackson
    The Washington Wizards sign a 10-year-old with cancer to contract
    NBA Buzz
  • Emily Kinney
    'Walking Dead' fans are buzzing about the show as Emily Kinney was spotted with writers
    TV Buzz
  • Barry Trotz
    The Nashville Predators part ways with the only coach they've ever had
    NHL Buzz
  • AC/DC
    AC/DC may announce their retirement following a serious health issue
    Video
    Music Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!