[STAGE] After so many years I’m sure we all know the story of Scrooge.EHow an incorrigible old bastard who hates everyone, and most of all Christmas, spends the Christmas Eve of his life partying with three ghosts:EThe ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come.EBut no matter how many times I see the show, I still love it. E
Recently, I attended a MAPA production of Scrooge and was magically transported into a local theatre house from 1843. The night opened with surround-sound caroling as the actors spilled from all corners of the playhouse. Scrooge kept the stage alive as he was unwillingly taken from place to place, starting with a visit from his well-meaning ghastly ex-partner Jacob Marley (Steven Nikolau). My favorite of the tour guide trio was definitely the Ghost of Christmas Present (Bill Schnitzer).EHe just seemed so perfectly in character in his out-of-characterness, with his dancing toes and carefree humor.
Eventually, Little Tiny Tim (Tommy Rogers) found a way into not only Scrooge’s heart but mine as well, giving spirit to all the commotion.EBy the end of the evening, Scrooge was loving life and loving people and I was feeling a little choked up and moved to almost tears by the performance.EI never tire of being reminded to enjoy every moment in life!EFor more info, call 244-8760. [REBECCA NORTHCUTT]