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A Christmas Carol

a Drama w/ Comedy & Music
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Charles Dickens, adopted by Wally Hinds

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 2552

SHOWING : November 23, 2007 - December 24, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

(Roswell, GA) Atlanta stage veteran Brink Miller knows a lot about Ebenezer Scrooge. After all, he's been playing the part in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in Roswell every Christmas for 12 straight years. Nevertheless, this Christmas, he'll be back on the Kudzu Playhouse stage to learn his life lessons once again with the help of some ghostly visitors.

A huge hit every Christmas season, "A Christmas Carol," will be returning to Kudzu Playhouse, this time at their new location just north of the corner of Alpharetta Highway and Holcomb Bridge Road in Brannon Square shopping center.

In this holiday favorite, Charles Dickens shows us Ebenezer Scrooge as he falls asleep in his dingy, cold quarters on Christmas Eve. The old miser is visited by three ghosts, each revealing to Scrooge his wrong doings and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. A traditional holiday classic for the entire family, filled with old English Christmas Carols guaranteed to fill you with the spirit and warm your heart.

Wally Hinds knows all about Scrooge, too, because he's been producing and directing the show for over a dozen years as well. This year's production will once again feature a large cast of more than 40 local actors, both adults and children, many of whom have performed this play in Roswell before. "For many of us 'A Christmas Carol' is our Christmas tradition and it just wouldn't be Christmas without it," he said. "We hope every family will join our theater family and celebrate this seasonal classic together."

The production remains faithful to the traditional Charles Dickens' version with an appropriately quaint setting and period costumes, yet it also features many old English Christmas Carols guaranteed to fill you with the spirit and warm your heart.

For information or to reserve tickets for any performance, call Kudzu at 770-594-1020 or visit www.kudzuplayhouse.org.

- EVENING PERFORMANCES -
November 23, 2007 - December 24, 2007
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Thursday December 6, 13 & 20 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday December 18 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday December 19 at 8:00 pm

- MATINEES -
Saturday December 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 2:30 pm
Sunday December 2, 9, 16, & 23 at 2:30 pm
Monday December 24 at 2:30 pm (Christmas Eve)


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Wally Hinds
Scenic Artist Kathryn Fortson
Lighting Designer David Shelton
Scenic Artist David Shelton
little fan/tiny tim Clee Alexander
laundress Danica Alexander
belinda cratchit Lindsey Baker
Narrator Jeff Boyce
ghost of christmas present/mr. fezziwig Jerry Harlow
iris fezziwig Laura Henry
bob cratchit Harold Henry
penelope fezziwig Sally Henry
Old Joe Wally Hinds
Solicitor #1 Don Keel
Mrs. Cratchit Ellen Keel
Alice Colleen Kilts
peter cratchit Mason Lewis
ghost of christmas past Kimberly Maxwell
ebenezer scrooge Brink Miller
dick wilkins/daniel Mark Rush
tiny tim Jack Rush
Topper Luke Tieslau
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REVIEWS

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Kudzu's Christmas Carol
by Okely Dokely
Thursday, December 27, 2007
2.0
This was my first time seeing Kudzu's new space, or rather spaceS, as they have two stages. Very impressive. They could do wonderful things there, and I hope they do.

Wow. The last time I saw a Kudzu show was when I saw their "Barefoot in the Park" in early 2006. Kudzu's Christmas Carol in 2007, overall, was fine. There was nothing too terribly bad about it, but nothing too terribly good about it either. I'm sure they know that whatever fog they have on stage really lingers there, and I trust that they'll find a way to get rid of it when it's no longer wanted. Also, the lights were distractingly dim for most - if not all - of the show; almost as if they still need to hang more lights.

From what I remember, the amount of caroling was sufficient. There was a good amount there, but not enough to make me put a gun in my mouth. Reed Higgins has a beautiful voice, probably the best in the cast, but his solo song in Act 2? Wow - he could really stand to tone down his movements and gestures. It was WAY too hammy for such a small space. It was as if I was watching a show at Six Flags, and if memory serves, he has performing experience at Six Flags.

Believe it or not, I had never seen Brink Miller as Scrooge until just now. He looks the part and has settled into it nicely. Most of the Scrooges I've seen are either stronger at the beginning and weaker at the end, or vice versa. I believed Brink's initial crotchedyness more than I believed his transformation at the end. [Yeah, I know. I'm sorry I spoiled the ending.] At the end, Scrooge is so giddy and drunk on life, that we're supposed to not really be able to predict just what he'll do. Will he jump around, stagger, do a jig, etc.? Brink carried himself with too much dignity at the end.

I can't deny that Jerry Harlow is a talented actor. I admire the energy he brought to his roles, which I think are the most perfect roles for him in this show. He reminded me of Curly while he was Fezziwig.

So, overall it was fine. Not too bad, but not too great either.


Now, what would a theaterreview review of a Kudzu show be without a personal grudge being brought to public attention? Reed Higgins - I take issue with you, my man. See, Reed and I took lessons from the same voice teacher, and I haven't seen him since 2000, when we did the annual voice recital together and sang songs from Newsies. I haven't seen the guy in 7 1/2 years and he did NOT come out after the show and stand in the receiving line, where I could have said hi. Doggone it!

Seriously, it was good to see you again, Reed, even though YOU didn't see ME. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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