Monday, November 19, 2012

A Christmas Carol

ow can anyone make a particular show special when its almost reached its
one-thousandth performance? Ask the people at the Omaha Playhouse as "A
Christmas Carol" will accomplish this on Friday, November 30th. This show has been an annual event since 1976 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

It is amazing that each year the show is slightly different just to keep it fresh as well as many new performers, especially children, to fulfill the various roles.
This year's cast of "A Christmas Carol" was energetic, talented, and a completely
delightful. Jerry Longe is in his seventh year as the miserly Scrooge in this
"Bah, Humbug" role. Both Little Bo Peep played by Camille Adair and Brooke Gustafson as Little Boy Blue were outstanding while seldom blinking as they both portrayed mechanized toys that needed to be wound up. All the children sang magnificently and were well prepared as the various characters. The Crachit family were excelled in their interactions but especially with Kian Roblin as Tim warming the hearts of everyone with his clear singing voice. Outstanding also was Matthew Hemingway as Fred with his wonderfully resonant tenor voice.
The costumes were perfect, the sets were detailed but easily moved to help establish the time and place, the make-up was perfect, the lighting was complicated but was well plan and perfect, the sound system was well-balance, the wigs were excellent especially when an actress had to become another person, the orchestra never missed a note, and definitely special effects were all perfectly timed. Of course, this show has been almost performed one-thousand times at this theater.
Even with that many performances, the story still was entrancing to the audience. thralled. Any story that can captivate young children to be glued to their seats during a performance speaks for itself. The story still has a message that we all need to hear.
Personally, I found it amazing that so many details with the sets were onstage without it being crowded and people could easily maneuver. All the songs were
beautifully harmonized but especially "Coventry Carol". This song's haunting melody perfectly matched the blended voices of the adults.
“A Christmas Carol” in at the Omaha Playhouse through December 23rd. The tickets are $35 for adults and $24 for students through December 15th. As of December 16th, the tickets are $39 for adults and $28 for students. The shows are Wednesday-Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Beginning in December and at 2:00 p.m. And 6:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.
How long has it been since you have seen any version of “A Christmas Carol”? Maybe it's time to go see it at the Omaha Playhouse.

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