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Centreville High School A Christmas Carol

By • Nov 23rd, 2011 • Category: Cappies

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at Centreville High School, with their production of the classic story A Christmas Carol.

The novella was written by Charles Dickens, and was an immediate success. Published in December 1843, it was first performed as a play in early 1844. Taking place in 19th century London, its themes of generosity and charity are still relevant today. Selling a period record of 6,000 copies on its first day, this timeless tale has been adapted into various forms of performance, including an opera, a ballet, a film, and even a mime production.

With a dislike of Christmas cheer that could put the Grinch to shame, Ebenezer Scrooge (Daniel Lindgren) is a mean-spirited businessman. Cruel to his clerk Bob Cratchit (Arjun Rao) and even nephew Fred (Marcus Schmidt), there is no kindness in Scrooge’s heart, even on Christmas Eve. But beginning on his trip home from work, Scrooge is visited by spirits. First his deceased business partner Jacob Marley (Anthony Ingargiola) warns Scrooge that three spirits will visit him that night. Scrooge is skeptical, but Marley is proved correct when Scrooge is taken on three separate journeys by the spirits of Christmas past (Connor Mitchell), present (Emily Dwornik), and future (Sara Emsley). After being reminded of his childhood Christmas joys, exposed to how some people truly enjoy the holiday, and warned that if he does not change his ways he will die soon and alone, Scrooge has a change of heart. He is able to find the joy in Christmas, and begins to spread the cheer throughout London.

As Ebenezer Scrooge, Daniel Lindgren carried the show. With a gruff voice and subtle mannerisms such as shaking his hands, Lindgren was committed to his character from the moment he walked on stage. He portrayed Scrooge’s transformation smoothly, making the audience hate and then adore him by curtain call.

Portraying Jacob Marley was Anthony Ingargiola. From his spooky entrance, Ingargiola gave both Scrooge and the audience the creeps. Filling the stage with his booming voice and eerie presence, Ingargiola gave a stand out performance. Other noteworthy performers include Maddie Assel (as Fred’s Wife and Charwoman), Jacqueline Hogg (as Belle), and Emily Dwornik (as the spirit of Christmas present). All three actresses had defined characters, very real facial expressions, and were a pleasure to watch.

Nick Dell’Omo and Jeremy Smith are also deserving of praise. Their special effects (including fog, a dusting of snow, and even fire) were brilliantly executed and enhanced the production greatly. So did the hair and makeup, done by Ashley Avila and Christa Guh. The old age and spirit makeup on the performers was subtle and beautifully done. Although there were some technical difficulties, they did not detract from the heart of the show.

Centreville High School’s production of A Christmas Carol was simple and charming, and left the audience filled with Christmas spirit.

by Emily Sakowitz of Chantilly High School

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