What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to enjoy the magic of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Flat Rock Playhouse? The absolutely delightful production of this timeless tale of hope and redemption, with spine-tingling appearances of ghosts, toe-tapping musical numbers, and bah-humbug humor, provides entertainment for the entire family through December 21.
Originally published as a novella in December 1843, it tells of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a consummate miser to the embodiment of Christmas and the spirit of giving. Visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley (Steve Carlisle), who is eternally cursed to wander the earth dragging heavy chains forged by a lifetime of greed and selfishness, Scrooge (Peter Thomasson) is warned he will be cursed to carry chains of his own unless he heeds the advice from his subsequent visits of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
The Ghost of Christmas Past Samantha Penny), takes Scrooge to scenes from his boyhood Christmas that portray his lonely childhood, his relationship with his beloved sister Fan, and his first employer, Mr. Fezziwig, who treated Scrooge like a son. They also reveal Scrooge’s neglected fiancée, Belle, who ended their relationship when she realizes that Scrooge loved his money more than her.
The second supernatural visit from the Ghost of Christmas Present (Preston Dyar), takes Scrooge to several joyous scenes of people celebrating Christmas. One in particular introduces his employee, Bob Cratchit and his youngest son, Tiny Tim, who manages to be happy despite his serious illness. The spirit warns Scrooge of Tiny Tim’s eminent death unless he gets proper medical care.
The third ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Future (Julia VanderVeen), shows Scrooge Christmas Day one year later. Tiny Tim has died because Cratchit could not afford to provide proper care on his meager salary. The spirit then shows Scrooge the funeral of “wretched man” whose tombstone bears Scrooge’s name. Scrooge vows to change his ways and awakens the next day with the spirit of Christmas, spending the holiday with his nephew Fred’s family; secretly sending a turkey to the Cratchit home for Christmas dinner; and giving his employee a raise.
Amy Jones skillfully directs the show with YouTheatre Artistic Director, Dave Hart, as Associate Director. The artful work of Music Director, Alex Shields; Scenic Designer, Dennis C. Maulden; Costume Designer, Ashli Arnold; Lighting Designer, Stephen Terry; Technical Director, Tony Lawrence; and Sound designer, Kurt Conway all contribute to the magic of the production.
In addition to Thomasson who plays Scrooge with appropriate curmudgeonliness and repentant, Willie Repoley does a fine job as Bob Crachitas does Jarid Faubel as Scrooge’s magnanimous nephew, The show also includes fine performances from Scott Pattison, Scott Cote, Steve Carlisle, Stephanie Wahl, Jane Bushway, Maria Buchanan, and Beth Kuhn.Fred. Landon Wells, Liam Teague and Oliver King rotate playing the role of Tiny Tim and the delightful YouTheatre ensemble cast rounds out this wonderful show.
More information about A Christmas Carol
Where: Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage 2661 Greenville Hwy Flat Rock, NC
When: Nov 20 to Dec 21 Wed through Sat at 8:00pm
Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun at 2:00 pm.
How: Purchase tickets from Playhouse box office at 828/693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.FlatRockPlayhouse.org.