TEEN AMBASSADOR: HANNAH CHAMBERLAIN | DECEMBER 12, 2015
During the holiday season, a lot of us are worried about how many presents we are going to get and how much money we have. What we should really be worried about is our happiness and the happiness of people around us as well. A Christmas Carol is one of the best examples of what could happen if you forget the real meaning of the holiday season. To set the stage for the rest of the performance, as we walked in beautiful organ music filled the room. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been coming to the Zeiterion and performing this same show for 33 years. The show was sold out which made it seem like, for a lot of families, this was their holiday tradition.
The live pit and amazing set and costumes made the show a lot more unique. In the beginning of the show, “Merry Christmas,” the phrase that we use constantly, haunted Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Chad Bradford. Mr. Scrooge kept saying “Bah, humbug” instead and hated Christmas and the Christmas spirit. Scrooge’s deceased friend, Bob Marley, played by Nate Wasson, paid Scrooge a visit on Christmas Eve, the day of Mr. Marley’s death seven years earlier. Mr. Marley, wrapped in chains representing his selfishness when alive, warned Scrooge of three ghosts that would be coming to visit him, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. After being visited by these three ghosts, Scrooge realized that he had been too selfish before. And in the season of giving, he needed to be more generous. By the end of the show, Scrooge is saying things like, “I will live in the past, present, and future” and “It’s snowing financial freedom,” to symbolize his new found happiness and generosity towards others.
Overall, the whole show and story make you very happy and thankful for your own life and make you want to do good for others, as well. And in the season of giving, it’s important to keep in mind what the holidays are all about: it’s not about how much you get, it’s about how much you give back and about spreading the love intended for the holiday season.