From the first joyous carol sung on a picturesque, cobble-stoned, snow-covered London street, it was easy to see that the Company Theatre’s abounding Christmas spirit takes center stage in this retelling of the charming, classic production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Many beloved Christmas carols drive this Charles Dickens masterpiece, giving the large, captivating cast a richer presence with every song. Their bright, colorful costumes bring tidings of hearth and home, and are as festive as the adorned city streets.
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The Company Theatre proudly presents Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol,’ produced biannually during the holiday season Wednesdays through Sundays through December 22. Directed by Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, ‘A Christmas Carol’ tells the classic story of greedy Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed with a strong dose of miserly disdain by veteran performer Gerry Bova, as he embarks on a spellbinding, haunting, and exhilarating journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Each cast member contributes touching performances to this holiday theatrical tradition. Among the many highlights in ‘A Christmas Carol’ include the debut of Annie Daly, who at age 5 delivers a delightful portrayal of Tiny Tim. She is charming, sympathetic, and possesses a natural stage presence.
Young Ebenezer, portrayed by Jamie Morris, shares some beautiful scenes with Ashlee Arruda as Belle, but becomes a portrait of seething frustration and tragic loneliness, delivering as good a performance as Gerry Bova. In contrast, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, played by Joseph Bernard, brims with a bright smile and energetic demeanor, a good-natured fit for the role.
The Ghost of Christmas Past, played wonderfully by Eve Elliott, calls to mind the Ghost of Christmas Past from the film ‘Scrooged,’ delivers a refreshing and gleeful performance in her bubbly smile and her incandescent giggle. Jacob Marley, portrayed by Brian Wolfe-Leonard, contributes equal amounts of fear and humor through his mournful voice and surprising sense of humor. Warm and jovial, Dave Daly plays dual roles as jolly Mr. Fezziwig and the larger-than-life Ghost of Christmas Present. With a wave of his hand and a powerful voice, Daly is instantly likable and engaging in both his roles.
The Company Theatre has made this production’s special effects bigger and broader, as many characters zoom across the stage. They make masterful use of the stage with sliding, folding, and intricate set pieces designed throughout the London city streets.
Although ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a sold-out production, check back at www.companytheatre.com for ticket information for a future Company Theatre outing. Their 2014 season has recently been announced and ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Spring Awakening’ are just a few of their upcoming theatre productions. Check the slideshow for the full list and click here for more information on their concert series.