TEEN AMBASSADOR:HANNAH CHAMBERLAIN | DECEMBER 10, 2016
As we entered the Historic Zeiterion Theatre on a cold December day, Christmas songs being played by the organist echoed through the theater. As one song led to another, the anticipation and excitement grew for another great performance of the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol. The curtains then rose and applause and cheers rang throughout the theater. And then, the well-known story of A Christmas Carol began.
A Christmas Carol takes a grumpy, greedy old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a journey to realize the true meaning of Christmas and his life in general. Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. These ghosts show him different scenes that were, are, and will be if he continues acting the way he does. All of the scenes shown to him make him realize the joy and happiness he felt before he became solely focused on money. From these three ghosts he learned that not all people associate happiness with having a lot of money and in his case not everyone with a lot of money is happy. By the end of the show, Scrooge realizes his wrong doings and exclaimed he would “live in the past, present, and the future.”
During the performance, the live music allowed the show to come alive. The amazing dancing allowed people to be able to visualize things they would have otherwise been able to. The costumes and set reminded people of the intricacy of this production and the amount of effort put in by those backstage. Also, the lightning that went along with the performance was unusual and went well with each scene as it was going on. An aspect of the show that is very important is that it was intriguing to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
One of the most telling quotes from the whole show was when Scrooge said “the time before me is my own to make amends.” From time to time, and especially during the holiday season, people need to forget about the divisions formed between those you love and remember what makes you all the same. You are all family. A family is simply a group of people that love you unconditionally and will support you through the joys and sorrows of Life. The importance of every type of family in A Christmas Carol allowed the audience to realize the value of these people in their lives. And reminded them to hug their family a little tighter, love their family a little more, and spend more time with their family over this holiday season!