One of the most exhilarating holiday stage presentations you will see is The Christmas Carol at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The show is now in its 25th anniversary of being performed there. Each year provides a slight variation making it fresh and original recapturing the imagine, magic and wonder of the season. The official opening was on Friday, November 27 to a packed and enthusiastic audience.
The story is that of Ebenezer Scrooge a successful older businessman at least by the world’s scorebook. He had money, influence, position, but lacked empathy for anyone. Life made him tough whether abandonment issues of his childhood or loss of those he loved and cared about. He was mean, cruel, even heartless to many who were around him. Poverty, ignorance was additional themes that Charles Dickens portrayed in this story and the suffering of many that he had witnessed in his life. Howard Dallin brilliantly has adapted this story for the Playhouse and display in a full spectrum of the transformation of Ebenezer’s character from one that was alone, empty, and cold to one bursting with warmth, concern and love for all with the joy of the season year round.
The cast of The Christmas Carol is a highly seasoned and talent group of actors and actresses from all around Cincinnati theatre. Just highlighting some of them as follows:
Bruce Cromer is the Ebenezer Scrooge in Cincinnati. He is captivating, enticing and larger than life in this role now performing it for his 11th season. He is animated and spirited embracing its very essence. Prior to Ebenezer, he preformed the hard working, mistreated, under appreciated clerk Bob Cratchit for eight seasons.
Ryan Wesley Gilreath was delightful has Bob Cratchit riveting, switching from the silly, friendly with visitors to Scrooges office to the abused worker, to the caring and loving father.
Kelly Mengelkoch as Mrs. Cratchit was both spirited, enthralling, and strong in the role. She is playful and silly with the family but stern on feelings and opinions toward Scrooge.
Douglas Rees as Mr. Fezziwig and Annie Fitzpatrick as Mrs. Fezziwig are two favorites. They are highly entertaining, lively, and joyful.
Craig Weley Divino as Fred was determined to bring the best out of his Uncle and did a great job in this role.
Joy Farmer-Clary as Belle hit the mark in role providing a actual perspective for Ebenezzar.
The stage design and the special effects give real merit the circumstances and context, and time in which the story is cast. It will truly give you the feeling being there. Attendees will thoroughly enjoy this experience, and it will make the mood for the holiday season on what is really important love, concerning and caring about those around you. Performances to this holiday favorite will continue until December 30 at the Cincinnati Playhouse. Ticket prices start at the very affordable price of $40.