Dickens’ classic story returns to Beaumont stage
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carrol,” but Beaumont Community Players are once again putting their twist on on the classic, hosting “Scrooge the Musical” at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts.
“Any person that enjoys the holidays and knows the story of Dickens’ ‘The Christmas Carol,’ will love this show,” director Allan Anderud, said. “It has good family values, it talks about people changing and how they can become something that they didn’t think that they could be. The main character Ebenezer Scrooge is just a miser, but through the experiences of warmth by other people he changes.”
Anderud said the familiar musical will have minor changes to the story.
“We try to change the way the program is presented every year,” he said. “We added more characters and shortened the show to spend time on certain scenes. The original show did not have phantoms, but this year we added them”
The musical will perform well- known songs such as “Thank you very much” and “I like life.”
“Those are probably the two songs that the audience will remember the most because they are up-tempo and fun,” he said.
Anderud said there are challenges to bringing the play to life, like Getting the actors to speak with an English accent and, “understand the times Dickens wrote the story in, and what he was trying to say in the play.”
Anderud said the play is not about entertainment, but a social commentary about the rich and the plight of the poor and the fact that even the poor can celebrate Christmas no matter how small it is.
“My favorite character is the ghost of Christmas present,” he said. “Because he symbolizes everything I like about Christmas — he is joyful, happy, caring, giving, big and over the top with confidence. He knows that this is his time of the year.”
Anderud’s said another favorite making her way back onto the stage is is the direct opposite of the bombastic ghost, is Mrs. Delber, Scrooge’s maid.
“She drinks a bit and is very over the top,” he said. “People will gravitate towards her because they see a bit of themselves in her. Her husband left her and she has eight children.”
“I hope the audience will think about family, tradition and be thankful for what they have after they watch this show,” he said.
Sierra Kondos is a freelance writer for Cat5