Zemfira Stage The Littlest Angel and Jacob Marley’s Christmas CarolBy Laura & Mike Clark • Dec 10th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
The Lyceum, Alexandria, VA
$15 General Admission/$10 Students, Seniors, Active Duty or Retired Military, Groups, Matinee/$5 Children
Through Dec. 20th
This is the ShowBizRadio Review of The Littlest Angel and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol performed by Zemfira Stage in Alexandria, Virginia. We saw the performance on Saturday evening December 6, 2008.
The Littlest Angel is a play by Patricia Grey, based on the children’s story of the same name. There was, in Paradise, a most unruly small child known throughout Heaven as the Littlest Angel. She sang off-key and her halo was tarnished. Then she meets the Understanding Angel and explains how difficult it is for a child who suddenly finds himself transformed into an angel and that she’s unhappy because she longs for a box of toys that she left under her bed. A Heavenly Messenger brings the box and the Littlest Angel is overjoyed. But hers isn’t the only joy in Heaven, for Jesus is to be born. The Littlest Angel has only one thing to give and she places his box among the other splendid presents.
The Littlest Angel was simple in it’s execution, but made it’s point about giving all you have no matter how seemingly insignificant to announce the birth of Christ. The five actors did a great job in staging this production. They kept it simple. There were sheets strew about to represent clouds (this is Heaven after all, what more do you need)? Katherine Bisulca was exuberant as the Littlest Angel. She was overly pouty when the need arose, yet her excitement at giving her box to the baby Jesus was sincere. The Understanding Angel played by Erin Gallallee also did well in trying to show the Littlest Angel “the ropes” in heaven.
Then after a twenty minute intermission the audience returned for the second Christmas show: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. This is a play by Tom Mula. The classic story told from Scrooge’s partner’s point of view, as he gets the assignment to redeem Ebeneezer Scrooge.
This was a different and enjoyable twist to the traditional story. It was enjoyable learning Jacob Marley’s back story. Douglas Nelson as Jacob Marley did a believable job of embodying the crusty and confused man. When he confronted his living partner Ebenezer Scrooge, played by John G. McCracken, Jr., the two seemed to make eye contact and square off. Erin Gallellee played Marley’s guide, Bogel, well. She was in her character and was ready to duke it out when things did not go right. The three Ghosts were played believably by Mitch Irzinski.
The main prop for this show were the chains that Marley wore around his neck. The rest of the props were brought on and off the stage by the actors. The lighting was well designed, with different colored lights used effectively to set the tone of the show. Lighting Design, Technical Director and the Artwork were designed by Herb Tax.
The shows’ director Zina Bleck set a quick pace to the shows. It would have been simple to have either piece dwell too long on various aspects, such as the childishness of the Littlest Angel, or the confusion Marley experienced immediately after his death.
The entire evening, with intermission was just short of two hours. The Littlest Angel and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol are playing through December 20 at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Virginia. These were fun stories with a different take on a traditional Christmas Carol story that are suitable for the whole family.
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And now, on with the show.
- Littlest Angel; Record keeper: Katherine Bisulca
- Angel; Bogel: Erin Gallalee
- Angel; Bob Crachitt, Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, Future: Mitch Irzinski
- Angel; Scrooge: John G. McCracken, Jr.
- Gatekeeper Angel; Marley: Douglas Nelson
- Producer/Director: Zina T. Bleck
- Sound Design: Jen Foster
- Lighting Design, Technical Director, Artwork: Herb Tax
- Set Design: Katherine Bisulca, Erin Gallalee, Herb Tax
- Technical Staff: Becky Farris, Herb Tax, Lynn Taylor
- Publicity: Harry Kantrovich
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.