Theatre Mirror Reviews - "A Christmas Carol ATTLEBORO"

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"A Christmas Carol"
ATTLEBORO

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Attleboro Community Theatre's holiday show is "A Christmas Carol". It was originally written by Charles Dickens in a six week period over November and December in 1843. This production has been rewritten by director Jeanne Smith. She makes her version of this classic tale a show the entire family can enjoy. It returns each year by popular demand. Jeanne uses 29 cast members of varying ages in it. The characters of Ebenezer and company come to life with her wonderful use of the whole theatre. Jeanne uses a bag lady as the narrator and creates a wonderful version of this well known tale which receives a thunderous ovation at the curtain call.

Jeanne keeps the show in constant motion, moving smoothly from one scene to the next. She opens the show with the cast singing "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and adds a lot more comic elements to the show this year. Jeanne is aided by her stage manager, Chrissa Bennett. Jeanne dedicates this show to the memory of her daughter, Shannon Rebecca Ettinger. Jan Davis is a hoot as the cockney bag lady. She has terrific one liners and zingers throughout the show. Jan makes each of them hit pay dirt. Tom Davis plays Scrooge, who goes from mean, miserable miser to loveable benefactor. Tom delivers the pathos in the past segment with the break up with Belle and in the future segment with the death of Tim. He is hilarious when he kisses Mrs. Turk's hand, rolls around on the floor and buys a turkey and gifts for the Cratchit family after his transformation Frank Wilmoth is dynamite as Jacob Marley with his eerie voice and huge chains while Isabelle Eaton is wonderful as Christmas Past. Jim Harvey is strong and powerful as Christmas Present while Rachel Rennie is scary a Christmas Yet to Come. Molly Hillis is comical as Mrs. Turk, Scrooge's housekeeper who cooks and cleans for the miser and hears Marley's rantings. Molly sings Silent Night during the Marley scene. Kevin Fish plays Fred, giving an energetic and convincing portrayal. Jessa Leavitt plays his wife Lucy. The Cratchit Clan is headed by Patrick Keister as Bob. He is terrific in the death of Tiny Tim scene where his tearful lines bring the audience to tears. Lauren Berghman plays his wife, Daniela Zib as Martha, Nicole Majewski as Belinda,Chloe Newman as Miranda and Alex Majewski as Tiny Tim. Another funny scene is the Old Joe scene with Anthony Paola as Old Joe, Jo Ann Vaughan as the Char woman, Lisa Stober as the Laundress and Michelle Langevin as the Undertaker's Woman.So for a topnotch version of the classic tale, be sure to catch Attleboro Community Theatre's version.

"A Christmas Carol" (2 - 18 December)
ATTLERBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
@ 71 North Main Street, ATTLEBORO MA
1(508)226-8100

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