A Christmas Carol is the holiday play that people attend and expect to leave with a warm sense of nostalgia and the feeling that Christmas is finally upon them. The Pocket Theater’s December eighth production of Ebenezer Scrooge, a musical take on the Christmas Carol story, does exactly what it promises: to deliver the Christmas feeling and the sense of nostalgia to its audience members. The musical does this this job well because of two main reasons. The first reason why the musical succeeds is because it adheres to the traditional Christmas Carol story very well and combines musical elements to the plot appropriately. The other reason why Ebenezer Scrooge succeeds as a holiday musical is because of excellent performances. The most notable performances came from the actor who played Ebenezer Scrooge himself and the actor who played the ghost of Christmas future.
When an audience member enters a play based off of the story of a Christmas Carol, they expect to see the same play that they have seen for years. Ebenezer Scrooge managed to satisfy the needs of the audience members by staying true to the story of A Christmas Carol while at the same time exciting them with the fact that Ebenezer Scrooge was a musical. The music of the play and the plot complemented each other very well in this particular production, with songs being a basis for moving the plot forward. One theme that was noticeable throughout the play was that each part of the play where a ghost of Christmas shows Scrooge a different scene in the hopes of changing him as a person had its own song, and each of these songs possessed strikingly different tones to them. The first song in this sequence, the one performed in the midst of Scrooge seeing his past, was a warm bright song that went along well with Scrooge seeing himself as a child. The second song in this sequence, performed in the midst of Scrooge seeing his clerk in need, was a more energizing and almost patriotic song that inspired the feelings of responsibility and taking up action. The third song in this sequence possessed a dark and mystifying tone and added very well to the scene of Scrooge seeing himself in his own grave. All these song did a very good job of furthering the storyline and added the much needed tone to the story.
Another reason why Ebenezer Scrooge succeeded was largely due in part to the acting and singing. The most notable two performers were the ones that played Ebenezer Scrooge and the actor who played the ghost of Christmas future. The actor who played Ebenezer’s character had a great performance all throughout the play. No words even needed to be spoken for the audience to understand that Scrooge was a grumpy old and rather selfish man. In addition to playing his character great, the actor who played Scrooge also had many times throughout the play to reveal his vocal talent in the many songs that he was a part of. While the actor who played Scrooge stole the show, the other extraordinary performance was that of the actor who played the ghost of Christmas future. Together with Scrooge, this character mad the vision of Scrooges future the most exciting and memorable scene of the night.
In closing, Ebenezer Scrooge, a musical take on the classic Christmas Carol story, did an excellent job of delivering to its audience a dose of nostalgia if they had ever seen the play before, and also a dose of that Christmas spirit that A Christmas Carol is all about. The musical achieved this through combining the musical elements of the play together with the classic story in an effective way, and also through the great performances of the night. All in all Ebenezer Scrooge was a big success of the night.
This page contains a single entry by Mark Harvey published on December 4, 2011 9:08 PM.
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