For their fourth play of the season, EMU Theatre put their own spin on the classic Christmas story “A Christmas Carol,” originally written by Charles Dickens, in their production of “Christmas Carol’d.”
While remaining faithful to the iconic holiday story, “Christmas Carol’d” (which was re-written by EMU’s own Joseph Zettlemaierand directed by Terry Heck Seibert. ) was able to provide a unique take on the Dickens classic by incorporating music and humor, all while staying true to the Christmas spirit that made the original play such a success in the first place.
“I thought it was a really original take on the story and I really liked it,” said Shelby Seeley, theatre AAS major. “The music was very cool and new and I really like the new comedy element of it, it made it a lot of fun. I also liked Christmas Present.”
The play features the iconic characters that have become well known over the years, with the infamous Scrooge, the innocent Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future all jumping off the page onto the stage. With supplement from the very well done special effects, costumes, set, and the entire cast’s talent, it was a wonderful play that was fun for all who attended.
One of the most interesting, and exciting features of the play was the small cast, which consisted of only seven different very talented actors playing multiple, distinct roles. Each person was able to seamlessly switch between roles, keeping the audience enamored throughout each act, or stave in this case.
“I thought the play was fantastic!” said Jackie Marlett. “I think my favorite part was all the actors playing the different roles but still being good at each role. I also loved the setting and the lighting and special effects. I just loved it,” she continued.
Overall, “Christmas Carol’d” is a wonderful way to ring in this holiday season and to bring some Christmas spirit into the hearts of those who attended with its talented cast and fresh take on a story that will continue to be told for Christmases to come.