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A Christmas Carol


 Actors Theatre of Louisville

By Angela Ash

Witnessing the splendor of A Christmas Carol is the quintessential way to start off the holidays in a grand style!  Seated in a darkened space, surrounded by fellow Louisvillians, literally hanging on every fascinating word and each dramatic gesture, the mood is that of absolute exhilaration.

And again, as has been the case for over four decades, Actors Theatre will be showcasing Charles Dickens' beloved tale through December 23.  If you engage in any holiday tradition this year, make this it!

A Christmas Carol is a thought-provoking adventure that explores the very soul of Christmas and its biggest villain who, with a little assistance from his cohorts in the spirit world, realizes the error of his ways before leaving the world with only the memory of his miserly ways.  This is a performance dynamically built upon human emotions, meaning that the casting must be nearly perfect to even attempt to convey the messages sewn into this intricately woven plot. 

Directed by Drew Fracher, this is undeniably where the Actors Theatre truly excels.

Ebenezer Scrooge, played by William McNulty for his 15th consecutive season, is beyond the mere utterance of the word "brilliant".  The crowd seems to embrace every aspect of his role, as he superfluously moves from villain to hero, with the grace of a true veteran of the stage.

The performance is compelling and exciting, with the Ghost of Christmas Past showcasing a fine visual spectatcle of aerial acrobatics, the Ghost of Christmas Present providing many comedic moments, and the Ghost of Christmas Past menacingly filling the stage.

And the narration by Shanara Gabrielle is nearly bewitching.  The audience seems to hang on each and every word, as she sets each scene with a flourish of beautifully manicured words.

Be prepared to welcome the holiday season at Actors Theatre, and begin a wonderful Christmas tradition with your family that will lead to season after season of wonderful memories!

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