A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dallas Theater Center

Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75204

 

John Strange

 

    This fresh telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol utilizes the theater’s revolving stage to bring scene changes as well as different looks at scenes as they played out.  The director, Joel Ferrell, choreographed the action in all three dimensions which included a character on stilts and an ensemble approach to the songs.

    Kurt Rhoads portrays Ebenezer Scrooge with a deft touch to his mannerisms and style as the crotchety old man has his eyes opened by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.  The costuming of the three ghosts was very interesting.  The Ghost of Christmas Past was played by a woman in a gentleman’s gentry-inspired outfit, in silver with her hair and make-up also in silver.  The Ghost of Christmas Present was in colorful outfit (possibly Druid-inspired) as the ensemble sang of wassailing (drinking hot mulled cider).  The Ghost of Christmas Future is a classic Grim-reaper-inspired outfit complete with stilts but with a huge pen instead of the traditional scythe.

    The rest of the cast are excellent; standouts include Steven Michael Walters (Fred, Scrooge’s nephew), Abby Siegworth (Ghost of Christmas Past), David Ryan Smith (Ghost of Christmas Present), Vanessa Gibens (Belle) and Kuran Patel (Tiny Tim).  The ensemble cast’s songs were the glue that tied the scenes together.

    The play is a good investment for the family.  The Kalita Humphreys Theater’s acoustics and sightlines make all of the worth the money spent.  

   

 

Directed and Choreographed by: Joel Ferrell

 

Starring:

Kurt Rhoads as Ebenezer Scrooge

and

Brierley Resident Acting Company members:

Lee Trull

Abbey Siegworth

Steven Michael Walters

SMU Meadows School of the Arts students

Wendy Blackburn

Vanessa Gibens

Jason Moody

and

Tatiana Angustia

Jonathan Brooks

Trey Cheatham

Drew Favors

Mark Fisher

Emily Gray

Ashley Puckett Gonzales

Brian Gonzales

Nathan May

Marlhy Murphy

Kuran Patel

Paloma Renteria

Lauren Riley

Alex Ross

Joanna Schellenberg

David Ryan Smith

Ben Villaseñor

 

 

Show Dates and Times:

    November 25th – December 24th

        Wed-Sat: 7:30pm (plus Sunday, 12/11 and 12/18; Tuesday, 12/20)

        Matinees:

            Sat-Sun: 2pm

         Student Matinee Dates: Nov 29, 30, and Dec 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 10:30am

 

Ticket Prices: $15.00-$85.00

 

Website: http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show_details.php?sid=42

 

Music Direction: Lindy Heath Cabe

Scenic Design: Bob Lavallee

Costume Design: Wade Laboissonniere

Lighting Design: Matthew Richards

Lighting Design Associate: Aaron Johansen

Sound Design: Curtis Craig

Dialect Coach: Emily Gray

Production Manager: David Lee Kelting

Stage Manager: Caron Gitelman Grant

Assistant Stage Manager: Korey Kent

Casting: Lee Trull