A Christmas Carol tradition at A Noise Within

Theatre Review by Alisa Hayashida

The revelers dance at the Fezziwig Christmas party in A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within. Photo by Craig Schwartz

The tradition of A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within feels like wrapping yourself in the comfort of an old, cherished friend and yet it also takes you on a new and wondrous journey. Dicken’s tale of Scrooge’s redemption through the act of seeing his past, present and future is a timeless tale, told here by the highest caliber of repertory actors and an absolutely sumptuous production. Jeanine Ringer’s stunning sets, Angela Balogh Calin’s luxurious and whimsical costumes and the original music composed by Ego Plum all coalesce magnificently to transport you to a frigid, snowy December 24th in mid 18th century London.

Freddy Douglas once again walks us through the story as the dynamic narrator, introducing us to the “hard and sharp as flint”, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge played by the irrepressible Geoff Elliot clearly savoring every delicious moment. ANW favorite Rafael Goldstein reprises Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, whose Christmas spirit never wavers and yet even he is overwhelmed by his uncle’s newfound humility. A lovely addition this year are the new Cratchit children, who create a very real family, giving particular poignancy to their scenes. An irresistible Regel Blue Pierce-English plays Tiny Tim and is joined on stage by two older brothers, Vega & Seven, along with Jack Elliott, Marty Coha and Stephanie Amico. Stephen Rockwell and Jill Hill are touching as always as the humble Cratchit parents and seeing Deborah Strang’s spectacular entrance and performance as the ghost of Christmas past is pure enchantment.

Photo by Craig Schwartz
Photo by Craig Schwartz

The beauty of this ensemble is the depth of feeling they create together year after year. It’s a most lovely evening to spend with your family that will leave you perhaps a bit weepy but in a good way and certainly filled with the life affirming, sweet spirit of brotherhood. And couldn’t we all use a little of that?

A Christmas Carol runs through Dec. 23rd-(626) 356-3100 anoisewithin.org Youth tickets (6-17) available. A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd in Pasadena.

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