A kid-friendly ‘Christmas Carol’ | Theater Reviewer
It really is remarkable how well the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” holds up after all these years.
So many film-makers have provided their own take on it. And more than a few play-writes. The Reunion Theatre Group is now presenting a kids-friendly version, which will show Dec. 15.
In this version, the story is slightly more abridged. “A Christmas Carol” is performed in just about half an hour. It is also somewhat altered from the original.
In the case that any readers don’t know the story of “A Christmas Carol,” let’s go through it.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable, rich man without a family or a purpose except to cause misery.
On Christmas Eve, he is visited by his dead business partner, Marley. He tells Scrooge that life after death stinks for him and that Scrooge is in for worse.
So the ghost does what any friendly ghost would do – he sends other friendly ghosts to show Scrooge his past, present and future.
All three have their turn and eventually help him see the err of his ways. He changes overnight from a bitter creep to a charitable, good man.
Of course, the longer and deeper versions explore this story further.
If you want a small break from the pressures of Christmas shopping, this is an ideal diversion. In fact, it’s right in the Everett Mall!
The Reunion Theatre Group is performing at the Everett Hall Music located near Macy’s.
The cast is good and entertaining. Dr. George Carter plays the iconic Scrooge. The downtrodden Bob Cratchit is played by Richard Morris. Tiny Tim is played by young Talon Reynolds.
This version of the story calls for a narrator on the sidelines. That part is filled by Tammie Enders. Ebenezer’s cheerful nephew Fred is played by Justin Dabney. Ms. Marley is played by Jemica Dabney.
The Ghosts of Past, Present and Future are played by Nancy Key, Christie Harrell and Gary Nelson, respectively.
There are also many town folk and so on, play by the following: Gabe Srtick, Emily Fogerty, Heather Mahaffie, Sandra Greer, Joanne Smith, Christina Lind, Rebecca Reynolds, Cade Morrison, Joann gallan-Rider, Kirah Maxey, Annadora Jacoby, Issac Jacoby, Autumn Jacobs, Connor Jacobs and Joey Jacobs.
If you would like a timeout from your worries and from Christmas shopping, check out this rendition of this memorable old favorite.
“A Christmas Carol” will have two performances only on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Everett Music Hall is located inside the Everett Mall at 1402 S.E. Everett Mall Way. Tickets are sold at the door, by donation.