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A Christmas Carol, by
Ppssst.... the best-kept secret this season... here it is!
Sunday, December 7, 2003
5.0
Imagine my surprise as I anticipate authoring the first review of Little Generalís Christmas Carol and instead find a mysterious volume of pre-existing banter and negative criticism. How ironic, as Little General dishes out a marvelously fun and engrossingly entertaining production that I believe is a must-see for all this holiday season.

Now Iím not saying this show is perfect or anything above what is expected from a solid community theater. And I admit Iím overcompensating my rating based on the baloney I find below. Problems include a noticeably absent stage manager, musical director, and costume director; dreadfully slow gaps between scenes; and lackluster Christmas Caroling. But donít get me wrong. This is an outstandingly entertaining show, specifically due to a superb ensemble of community theater actors (no easy doing, trust me!).

Highlighted by a perfect-pitch performance by Scrooge, an upstart collection talented children and parents bring forth a tremendous gift of holiday spirit. Specifically, the young Scrooge and girlfriend Belle demonstrate tender vulnerability and compassion Ė a quality missing from most Atlanta-area amateur actors. Equally strong include a comedic Cratchett and his warm family; a terrifically spooky Ghost of Marley (and Christmas Future!); a most assured (and female!) Christmas Present; a totally adorable Tiny Tim; and best of all a delightful cast of children that is highlighted by a delightfully innocent and lovable child-manifestation of the Ghost of Christmas Past (I cannot tell by the program who she is!).

Yet it is the performance of Ebenezer Scrooge himself that makes this show a minor miracle. Exceptional depth of character proves Randy Randolph shoulder-to-shoulder the superior representation of his Scrooge counterparts on stage this season (and perhaps the best since Tom Key). Why thousands will pay handsomely to go downtown and unknowingly avoid the best Scrooge in town is beyond me.

Ppssst. I know why. The best-kept secret this season is Randy Randolph. And the most fun Christmas Carol in Atlanta can be found in a lowly strip mall far northeast of the city.

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