December 6, 2017
The Players Theatre continues their annual holiday tradition of presenting “A Christmas Carol the Musical” for the ninth year. The production is a warm and uplifting adaptation of the classic Dickens tale that celebrates the essence of holiday spirit. With original music by Michael Sgouros, played by a live percussion trio, the show is wrapped in the warmth of joy, suspense and a sprinkling of tender-hearted redemption.
Written in 1843, Charles Dickens‘ tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold-hearted miser, as he is visited by four ghosts, starting with his old business partner, Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is forced to face his past and present he begins to regret the man he has become, while a glimpse of his future redeems and restores him to the man he was meant to be.
This production is a faithful retelling of the original tale, featuring 13 adult actors playing over 30 roles and a children’s ensemble of 25 who rotate performances. Eric Fletcherreprises his role of Scrooge for the seventh year. Fletcher eagerly shows us Scrooges present state of mind in the musical prologue where he battles the townspeople, attempting to prove that Christmas is a humbug. He even doubts the ghost of Marley, trying to convince him that the pursuit of wealth is a noble. This sends Jacob Marley(Dustin Schlairet) into a tizzy as he rattles his chains and shouts “Doom!” in the song “Mankind is Your Business”.
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