A Christmas Carol
through December 24, 2019
It’s back again, and this time in the new Coca Cola Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center. Scrooge is played to the hilt by David DeVries, who now owns that role, and never fails to delight. Add to the mix the poor Mr. Fezziwig played once again by Bart Hansard, as well as Karah Adams as Tiny Tim and Tess Malis Kincaid as the Ghost of Christmas Past and a total of more than 20 players in many more roles, with live music from Michael Fauss and his two associates, some great evil scenes, and the wonderful set by D. Martyn Bookwalter, and you have a truly incredible presentation.
Directed again by an Alliance veteran of 24 years, Rosemary Newcott, and being presented to full houses who are loving it soooo much. They even invite you to sing along in a couple of numbers.
Scrooge could be a poster boy for the non-caring greed which often seems to be prevalent in our society. I doubt it would be very moving for most of the politicians, bankers and lobbyists that we’ve had to listen to in recent weeks. In the Victorian era Dickens was railing about the greed which permeated British society. People were sent to work houses and jails when they couldn’t pay a debt. Can recalling events of days past or seeing the unhappy future of persons other than one’s self really provide the epiphany for redemption? It does perhaps once again bring to mind the comments of George Santayana, who opined “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” How we see that coming true around the world on a daily basis. Just tune into the news. . . . So much of it is just pure Humbug.
There are some scary scenes, especially when the ghost of Christmas future comes to visit Ebenezer. So, if you are thinking of taking the wee ones, make sure it’s a story they know or could handle. And no worries as every seat in the new venue has very good visibility.
So may we all wassail and hope that the year to come shall be one of joy and health for every one, around the world. For show times and tickets just visit AllianceTheatre.org