A Christmas Carol – By Jordan Hurst

May 21, 2012 in Cindy Bandle Young Critics by Cindy-Bandle-Young-Critics

I saw A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Sunday November 27, 2011 at the Goodman Theatre. This play is about redemption and the Christmas spirit. The play is a classic story that has been told many times in many different ways. The story is about Ebenezer Scrooge an old bitter money lender. Scrooge has lived a life that led him to an evil and cruel path. Scrooge has committed many crimes against mankind and his dead friend Jacob Marley comes along to warn him about the afterlife if he does not fix his present life. Jacob Marley tells him that he will be visited by three ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future.  These ghosts show scrooge various Christmases and he must learn from theses events to create a better life so that he can have a better after life.

The scenery and special effects were amazing. This play contains ghosts appearing out of thin air light up costumes, flying, quick changes of scenery, and most importantly snow. The effects of this play certainly made it magical. The live effects made it better than any move with computer effects. The acting was also great. The ghost of Christmases yet to come has always scared me and now so does Jacob Marley. The actors were very convincing in their roles and the cast as a whole really put you in old time London.  The acting and the scenery made for a great holiday experience.

The stage was great there was never too much on the stage I could stay focused on the scene rather than the scenery. The stage set the mood of the various scenes and allowed the play to flow nicely. This production was a great production. I had never seen A Christmas Carol as a play before so it was much better that any film versions that I have seen. This play was very good and put me in the holiday spirit. There is no Christmas without seeing A Christmas Carol .