A Christmas Carol – By Katie Smith

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

Happiness does not come from a multitude of money. It cannot be bought, sold, or borrowed. However, happiness can be accepted, chosen, and cherished.  This wonderful message is showcased in the well-known classic, A Christmas Carol. Upon sitting in that comfortable theatre chair and enjoying a nice box of candy, audience members often find themselves getting excited for the Christmas season.

The atmosphere immediately illuminates with joy as the curtain rises, and the tale of scrooge and the Christmas ghosts begins. Larry Yando, who plays Scrooge, delivers the performance of a lifetime, utterly flawless and convincing.  He nails the grouchy old man with his  crippled body movements and snarling comments. With the right balance of humor, fear, and joy, Yando portrays Scrooge in a delightful way that sends excited murmurs through the crowd.

Incredible special effects back the blissful acting of the three ghosts (Penelope Walker, Elizabeth Ledo and Nathan Hosner). Each boom of a ghosts voice, screech erupting from scrooge’s belly, cry from a distraught citizen, light change, and dramatic song filled the theatre adding a powerful touch to each scene. As the ghosts haunts scrooge, you feel the terror and vibrations of guilt being shot through his body at each tick of the clock. Each change in scene representing a scene of either Scrooge or Cratchits’ life punctured your heart as it should have his. The scenery was so life-like that you felt as if you were in the little English town with the actors.

Facing its hardest critics (the children of the audience of course), A Christmas Carol seemed to surpass its high expectations. This family-friendly production is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the true Christmas spirit. So this season, don’t be a Scrooge. Go spend some time with your family at the Goodman’s showing of A Christmas Carol, because it is well worth your time. And as Tiny Tim(Roni Akurati) would say, “God bless us everyone!”