Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at DCP Theatre
by: Teri Maxwell
Everyone knows the story of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but you have not seen it like this! DCP Theatre’s production under the creative genius of director Caris Williams, will spin you through this beloved classic in ways you will not soon forget!
(Pictured left to right: Madeleine Braun, Brandon Pascucci, Izzy Valleley , Geordie Ditter, David WIlliams, Cassidy Butler, Jonathan Bartman, Sam Levy, & Aaron Wexler)
The classic story is narrated by Charles Dickens himself, (played charismatically by newcomer to DCP, Matthew Sexton). The audience is instantly transported to London 1835, with the help of a gorgeous backdrop painted by artist, Allison Lawn and the stunning costume design by first time costumer, Whitney Baliles. There you will meet family, friends, neighbors and townspeople who embody joy and a little bit of humbug.
(Pictured left to right: Aaron Wexler & Bill Riccardi)
The arrival of Jacob Marley (wonderfully portrayed by Bill Riccardi) is just the first of many twists and surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Three Spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge (who is brilliantly played by Aaron Wexler and I do mean brilliantly) and in one short night will hope to change the course of his future and fill his heart with the Christmas Spirit. The entrances of each Spirit, beautifully conceptualized and designed by conceptual director and special effects designer, Seth Baliles, will keep you entranced in this dream.
(Pictured left to right: Aaron Wexler , Laura Shapella, Rowan Grendon, Sam Levy, Sylvie WIllouer, & Xavier Hicks)
The Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future are mysterious, delightful and dark but delivers their
message to Scrooge, uniquely and effectively, giving him much to ponder and reflect during their
meetings. (Tina Hicks, Sam Levy, Xavier Hicks, Laura Shapella, Matthew Sexton and Geordie Ditter) Every character in this play will touch your heart as they change Scrooge’s heart.
The journey you will take through laughter and tears, as you become reacquainted with the people past and present that made Scrooge the man he is and the man he will become. Noah Baliles (Young Ebenzer, Fred, Undertaker’s Man) and Joey Meed (Bob Cratchit/Fan’s Husband) in particular, give poignant performances. Their characters’ families and friends are led by their examples of humility and integrity.
(Pictured left to right: Laura Shapella, Nancy Kadwill, Bill Riccardi, & Noah Baliles)
The children are delightful and so is the dancing! Assistant Director and Choreographer, Carly Covel really makes you want to attend the party! I wish there was time to blog about every character, every effect and nuance, but alas the clock will soon be striking the hour to curtain!
Get your tickets fast because this one will sell out fast.
A Christmas Carol plays on the DCP mainstage from now through December 18th.