Theatre Mirror Reviews - "A Christmas Carol"

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"A Christmas Carol"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Attleboro Community Theatre's holiday family show is Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Veteran directors Beverly Darling and Jo-Ann Vaughn make their show a family version of the Dickens classic as told to a group of current day orphans. The characters of Ebenezer Scrooge and company come to life in and amongst audience members, complete with special lighting and sound effects. Bev and Jo-Ann cast Timothy Coogan as Scrooge who makes the part his own. The other 35 cast members and behind the scenes people include many local family members as well as students from North Attleboro High School. The end result is a wonderful rendition of this tale with alot of humor and some really moving scenes that will get even a real life Scrooge into the holiday spirit.

Bev and Jo-Ann use the whole theater as their playing area with various scenes set up in and around it. The action is constant and keeps the attention of the audience. Tim Coogan is wonderful in the leading role and handles the transition from miser to loveable benefactor with ease. His change of attitude brings a glow to the rest of the cast as well as the entire audience. Brian Souza is excellent as Tiny Tim (he stepped in last minute to do the role) and he does a good job as boy Scrooge, too. David Blessinger brings the audience to tears as Bob Cratchitt in the graveyard scene. His tears at the death of his beloved son give the show the pathos needed to help transform the hardhearted skinflint. Marc Mancini is convincing as Fred, the nephew who loves Christmas and Jenniffer Vaughan is a hoot as Scrooge's housekeeper, Mrs. Turk who cooks and cleans for the miser. Luis Aponte is dynamite as Marley with his energetic portrayal and Isabel Samuel, a young girl, is a charmer as the Ghost of Christmas Past with her whirling and dancing around. The Ghost of the Present is played by veteran actor, Rene Letourneau who is dressed as a Santa look alike and Reid Fleming is a very frightening Ghost of the Future when he reveals Scrooge's gravestone. Other cast members include Sandra Malley who plays Ms Hampton who reads the story to her five orphans played by Anna Dankel, Heather Martin, Jonathan Handy, Lisa Contre and Raymond Russas. Other funny performers are Paul Dinoble as the broker in the future sequence, the two solicitors played by Melanie Samuel and Sherry Dankel and the turkey boy, Joseph Russus who carries the hugest bird I have ever seen in this show. Rounding out this huge cast are the following, James Keane Jr., Christopher Redlund, Michael Keane, Kris & Angela Aponte, Michael Pereira, Alex Somoza, Katherine & Linda Coolidge, Alyssa Dinoble, Camille Morin, Holly Martin, Rebecca Kearney, Sylvia Witschi, Dawn Souza, Kirstie Dumont and Kyle Fitton. Kudos to everyone who made this a very high spirited and enjoyable holiday entertainment. Happy Holidays and have a successful run.

"A Christmas Carol" (19 - 20 December)
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
American Firearms School 5 John Dietsch Square, NORTH ATTLEBORO MA
1 (508) 226-8100

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