For 41 years, thousands have made the Guthrie Theater’s annual production of A Christmas Carol part of their holiday traditions. The classic Dickens’ tale of redemption is the perfect story to remind all of us we have so much to be thankful for as the year comes to a close.
Under the direction of Joe Chvala the cast full of many returning favorite, including J.C. Cutler as Ebenezer Scroog, bring to life the Victorian Era tale known the world over. After Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley (Robert O. Berdahl) and warned he will be visited by three ghosts over the course of the next three nights, we learn how Ebenezer went from a typical young man to a man obsessed with making money at all costs. After Ebenezer learns the fate of Tiny Tim, who he seems to have grown fond of despite his cold, dark heart he sets out to not only better himself but to help everyone around him too.
The set designed by Walt Spangler, is one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve seen at the Guthrie. The Victorian Era streetscape with a rotating store front which also serves as Ebenezer’s office and house is the centerpiece of the set. The rich reds, hunter greens and gold colors both in the set design and Mathew J. LeFebvre’s costume designs adds warmth and brings the holiday season to life.
A Christmas Carol is the perfect show to add to your holiday traditions if you haven’t done so already. Even though some scenes may be a little dark for some children, I believe most little ones will enjoy the show.
A Christmas Carol is playing on the Guthrie’s Wurtele Thrust Stage through December 27. For more information on A Christmas Carol or to purchase tickets visit the Guthrie’s website.