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A Christmas Carol (2010)

a Holiday Special
CATEGORY :
by Charles Dickens

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 3925

SHOWING : November 26, 2010 - December 24, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It isn’t Christmas in Atlanta until you’ve seen A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre. The most heartwarming story of the season comes to life on the Alliance Stage, with holiday carols, stunning stage magic, and your favorite Atlanta actors. Journey with your family through the beloved Dickens tale, and witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery of the true meaning of Christmas over the course of one fateful evening. Meet beloved characters along the way like the generous Mr. Fezziwig, the selfless and beautiful Belle, and the adorable Tiny Tim, and you too will discover again the joys of the holiday season in Atlanta.


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Still Spectacular After All These Years
by Dedalus
Saturday, January 15, 2011
4.5
“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

When the reading public first saw these words on 17 December 1843, there was little indication that the story that followed would evolve into a Holiday Icon. Greeted with near-universal acclaim, Charles Dickens little “Ghost Story of Christmas,” written in five “staves,” soon outsold all his longer works, giving Mr. Dickens a second career as a performer. Always a lover of amateur theatrics, he performed “A Christmas Carol” hundreds of times throughout the rest of his life.

Some have even accused the story of “setting the stage” and popularizing many of our modern Christmas traditions and rituals. Others have blamed it for the increasing secularization of the holiday. Whatever the truth, it remains a favorite of mine and a favorite of theatres everywhere. Thousands of stage (and film) adaptations exist, and many theatres create their own, tailoring the story to the particular talents of each group.

I’ve already reviewed a number of versions, and saved the most spectacular for last, only so I could have a family evening just before Christmas Eve to herald in the holiday weekend. I still really like this show. It is a marvelously engaging and clever production, a testament to both the Alliance Stagecraft and ensemble work, and I thoroughly recommend it. This was my daughter’s second year seeing it, and my wife’s first, and they too enjoyed it immensely. So, I hereby resurrect my usual pastiche (slightly rewritten) for your reading displeasure:

(With apologies to Mr. Dickens, Clement Clarke Moore, and anyone with a fondness for poetry.)

‘Twas the month before Christmas, and on every stage,
“A Christmas Carol” played, it’s still all the rage!
A thousand-one Cratchits, four-thousand-four ghosts
Help Scrooge thaw his heart, help Fred make his toasts.

I’ve already written of other forays,
Th’Alliance’s effort’s the subject these days.
It’s my seventh year seeing this marvelous play,
It’s my sixth year in keeping my quibbling at bay.

Chris Kayser’s old miser’s a pleasure to see –
His road to redemption’s realistic for me.
I liked all the Cratchits, they could do no wrong.
I liked the extravagant staging and song.

This year, once again, Ghost of Christmases Past
Is svelte Courtney Patterson, wonderf’lly cast!
Daniel May’s Jacob Marley’s still creaky and cold,
His chains and his darkness are vivid and bold.

And all of the costumes and all of the lights
Are beautif’lly rendered, are beautiful sights.
Yes, once again Rosemary Newcott succeeds
In staging this Marvelous Holiday Deed.

This tale never tires, it gives me a lift.
For me it’s a welcome Victorian gift.
So, while you are wallowing in Christmassy cheer,
Catch up with this show ere the end of the year.

Before I sign off with my usual cheek,
Merry Christmas to All! May you have a safe week!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)

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