A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Written by Roberta Weiner from the novella by Charles Dickens
Kids acting Christmas Carol play cast
Creative & Technical Team:
Directed by Julie Murphy
Assistant Director Joe Duda
Producer and Costume Design Roberta Weiner
Costume Assistant Ruby O'Brien
Ghost of Christmas Past Costume Created by Paula Pellisier
Performance Dates:
Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
Location: Prana Center
Cast:
Cast of Characters, in order of appearance
Ebenezer Scrooge - Allyson Forbes
Narrator – Julia Quatromoni
Fred, Scrooge’s nephew – Caroline Monteith
Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s underpaid clerk – Alex Cashin
Mr. Cheeryble, wealthy charitable gentleman – Emersen Arsenault
Mr. Godfrey, wealthy charitable gentleman - Lauren Hanlon
Mr. Bumbleberry/Charlie – May Shade
Ralph – Fiona McAuley
Mrs. Peerybingle/Josie - Lauren Hanlon
Marley’s Ghost – Sadie Hermann
Ghost of Christmas Past – Margaux Pellissier
The boy Ebenezer Scrooge - Leo Pellissier
Fan, Scrooge’s sister - May Shade
Mr. Fezziwig, joy-filled boss of the young man Scrooge - Caroline Monteith
The young man Ebenezer Scrooge – Emersen Arsenault
Belle, Scrooge’s fiancé - Gracie Mitchell
Mrs. Cratchit - Julia Quatromoni
Mary Cratchit – Ally King
Belinda Cratchit – Lauren Hanlon
Martha Cratchit – Emersen Arsenault
Ghost of Christmas Present – Gracie Mitchell
Tiny Tim - Leo Pellissier
Jane, Fred’s wife and Scrooge’s niece – Sadie Hermann
Patience, Fred & Jane’s Maid – Ally King
Rebecca, Jane’s sister – Margaux Pellissier
Charity (Fred’s and Jane’s daughter) – Fiona McCauley
Christmas Girl - Ally King
Mrs. Tupper, Scrooge’s maid - Fiona McCauley
Summary:

From the Holliston Reporter, review by Ceci LeBeau:

“Ever afterwards…it was said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! So, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one!” Thus ended Charles Dickens’ tale. This version at Prana overflows with this spirit.

Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Allyson Forbes, the omnipresent narrator by Julia Quatromoni, and Bob Cratchit by Alex Cashin, all masterfully. But the rest of the 13 actors take numerous roles to portray over 30 characters in this remarkably compact one-hour version of this story. With updated dialogue from the 21st century, Scrooge is told wittily by the Ghost of Christmas Past “You don’t get it, do you?” But most of the lines are straight out of the 1871 original. “Are there not still prisons, and workhouses?” asks Scrooge, as relevant as today.

The costumes are sumptuous. The ladies in Nephew Fred’s parties wear a dazzling array of lace collars, red and green velvets, pearls, silks, satins and sparkles. The Cratchit women wear modest calico skirts, white aprons, period shawls and leather shoes of the era. The gentlemen are stylishly decked out in velvet waistcoats, cravats and top hats in vibrant reds and blacks. Bob Cratchit’s position, however, is told by his tightly wrapped scarf and fingerless gloves. The most outstanding touch was a crown on pretty Margaux Pellissier, as the Ghost of Christmas Past, festooned with holly and berries. The Ghost of Christmas Future, draped all in black and one bony hand, could be the prototype for the Grim Reaper.

Cheerily sung Christmas carols, eerily creaking sound effects when Marley’s Ghost appears (Sadie Hermann), realistic old clocks sounding the hour, and the flicking of lights give the story believability. Give yourself an early present and go see this dose of Christmas cheer at 21 Charles Street, Prana Center, before you miss the show of the season.

Here’s a link to the original review in the Holliston Reporter, including additional photos.

More photos here!