Temple Review – A Christmas Carole

I had the best time today!!!!  I had a really good morning at work and then the day moved from “good” to “great”!  My group at work and a few other special guests (17 of us) all went to lunch at Sabatino’s and then attended the Thursday matinée performance of A Christmas Carole at the Temple Theatre.  Lunch was filled with good food, great conversation, fun and laughter, and sharing.  If it had ended there, the day would have been perfect.  But, it didn’t end there – it went from “great” to “amazing”!

Temple Theatre’s A Christmas Carole is an original musical adaptation of the Dickens classic story of the magic of Christmas.  It is filled with dancing, singing, ghosts, and, of course, Mr. Scrooge!  The mix of traditional Christmas Caroles and new original songs written just for this production warms the heart.  It is a fun-filled show that will appeal to all ages.

Terry Schwab does an excellent job of bringing the grouchy old Scrooge to life.  He looks mean and weighed down as Scrooge goes through the beginning scenes with his “bah humbug” attitude towards life and, in particular, Christmas.  Then he is light as a feather as he frolics with the people of his past during his first ghostly visit and when he completes the three ghostly visits and transforms into the happier, more charitable Scrooge.  And, he is delightfully funny at both versions of the legendary Mr. Scrooge.

Chris Wright is always a delight when he appears in a Temple Theatre production!  But, he is fantastic as Scrooge’s happy-go-lucky nephew, Fred.  He steals just about every scene he is in with his whimsical song and dance routines and animated dialogue. 

Steven Moore has a short, yet extremely memorable appearance as Jacob Marley.  His booming voice, chain covered body, and ghostly appearance give him a menacing presence.  And then he breaks into his musical number that provides Scrooge with a view of the nightmare that is his future if he doesn’t heed the messages of the three ghosts that will visit.

Temple’s own Michael Brocki plays Bob Cratchit with the trademark child-like appeal he brings to all the characters he portrays.  I only wish he had more stage time in this one!

The rest of the cast did an amazing job, as well.  The vocals and dancing were a joy to behold.  The ensembles meshed together perfectly to create an atmosphere that would be thoroughly enjoyed on any stage, anywhere!

This production is touted as a new Temple Theatre tradition – it was presented last year at this time, again this year, and I hope will continue for years to come.  Those who attended and enjoyed it last year will find it even more enjoyable this year – I sure did!  If you think it will be the “same ole, same ole” – just a repeat of last year’s show, think again!  There are new songs, new costumes, new sets, and new actors in some of the roles.  If you are worried that the changes might ruin a good thing, you’d be wrong again!  The changes are subtle improvements that bring more fun and enjoyment to the show.  And, for those who didn’t see it last year – what are you waiting for?  Take the family and experience the magic of Christmas in this wonderful production.

Want to go?  You’d better hurry — the popularity is resulting in tickets selling like hotcakes!  I’ve already got my tickets to see it again with a couple of friends at the final matinée on the 19th and I can’t wait!!!

The remaining show times are:

December 3-4 at 8:00 pm

December 5 at 2:00 pm

December 9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 10-11 at 8:00 pm

December 12 at 2:00 pm

December 16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 17-18 at 8:00 pm

December 19 at 2:00 pm

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