Theatre Mirror Reviews - "A Christmas Carol"

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"A Christmas Carol"
ATTLEBORO

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Attleboro Community Theatre's holiday show is Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Director Valerie Coogan makes her version of this classic tale a show the entire family can enjoy with the show back by popular demand. She uses 37 cast members of varying ages in it. This year Valerie uses Dickens himself to narrate the story. The characters of Ebenezer and company come to life playing scenes throughout the theatre, creating a wonderful version of this well known tale.

Valerie keeps the action flowing constantly from one scene to the next.She is aided by her stage manager, Julie Coogan. Since the cast is huge I will only be able to mention a few performers. Alex Aponte plays Scrooge who goes from mean, miserable,miser to loveable benefactor. Alex is tragic in the future segment and is a riot when he kisses Mrs. Turk's hand, tries to make a date with one of the women solicitors, buys a turkey and gifts for the Cratchit family after his transformation. (The turkey boy who carries a turkey as big as him, is a natural born comic, Jameson Allesandro who played the dramatic role of Tiny Tim last year) The Cratchitt family is well played by Gregory Barbon as Bob, Barbara McCarthy as the mother, Shana Childs as Martha, Angela Aponte as Belinda and making her debut as Tiny Tim is Hannah Proulx. Francisco Samuel and Ashley D'Adamo play Scrooge's nephew and his wife, Jane. Beverly Darling is a hoot as Scrooge's housekeeper, Mrs. Turk who cooks and cleans for him, hears Marley's rantings and tries to sell his belongings in the future scene.(Beverly has an excellent singing voice but has to sing Silent Night off key during the Marley scene which brought the house down with much laughter.) Doug Macaskill is dynamite as Marley with his rasping voice and huge chains while teenage Brianna Arrighi is wonderful as Christmas Past, Billy Castro is a strong and powerful Christmas Present while Doug is also scary as Christmas Yet to Come. The narrator of this version of the show is Roger Campbell who stays on stage for almost the whole show. The four urchins played by Caleb Arsenault, Allie Conway, Tiani Lea Chhilds and Amanda Flicop also add levity to the show when they try to steal Scrooge's hat and they tug at your heartstrings as the children of sorrow. Kudos to everyone who make this into an enjoyable holiday show.

"A Christmas Carol" (4 - 20 December)
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATER
@ 71 North Main Street, ATTLEBORO MA
1 (508) 226-8100

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