You Won’t Feel like a Humbug Watching “A Christmas Carol”


Ebenezer Scrooge might not be a fan of Christmas, but this eccentric and chilling portrayal of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ will put you in the Christmas spirit. Darkness envelopes you as the play begins and following, a burst of green, red, and white surrounds the stage. Friendly faces surround the stage as singing begins already gaining your attention enough to be in the Christmas mood.

Green and red are two colors that seem to represent Christmas, but not to Scrooge. Black and brown are drastically the only colors that appear to be in his wardrobe, aside from a red scarf that’s far too long for him. Everyone else has been making preparations for Christmas while Scrooge is doing his duty of complaining about anything and everything around him. Chad Bradford’s interpretation of the only man that hates Christmas is spot on, consisting of both an unappeasable nature mixed with humour, Bradford’s interpretation can have you laughing one minute and sad the next.

In ‘A Christmas Carol’ you follow the joykill that is Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a man that hates Christmas. The loss of his friend Jacob Marley (played by Nate Wasson) takes a toll on Scrooge, enhancing his cold nature towards everyone. On the night of Christmas Eve, the day Marley died, Scrooge is preparing to go to bed before being met with the ghost of his deceased friend who warns him to not continue his inhumane nature or else he will end up like Marley, covered in chains of his own greed. As a last chance Marley continues  to warn Scrooge that he will be met by three spirits of Christmas: Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come.

Beginning with the ‘Past’ spirit of Christmas (Jessica Bradley), you follow Scrooge through his childhood, when he actually seemed like a happy young man. Continuing, you meet the ‘Present’ spirit of Christmas and follow him and Scrooge through the tough times his colleague Bob Cratchit (Dan Chevalier) and his nephew Fred (Russell Matthews) are going through during Christmas. Lastly, you meet the ‘Yet-to-Come’ spirit of Christmas, revealing Scrooge’s fate, death. Experiencing all of this Scrooge realizes he definitely needs to change his ways if he wants to remain living.

With effects that are questionable as to how they seemed to so effortlessly be done, costumes that seemed ancient yet updated, and sets that were intricately designed, this portrayal of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is worth watching.

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