REVIEW: Local stage production is a 'Carol' worth hearing

Christmas Carol

Marley's ghost, played by Jeremy Edwards, and Tiny Tim, charmingly performed by Allie Howard, prove two diverse influences leading to miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's conversion in the Crestview community theatre production of "A Christmas Carol."

BERIT FAUST/Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

CRESTVIEW — We all know the story: grumpy, miserly, miserable, wretched Ebenezer Scrooge shuns the business of caring for mankind to focus on the business of business. Four ghosts later and he’s a transformed man, Tiny Tim lives, the Cratchits have turkey and we wipe away a tear and feel Christmassy.

I’m not spoiling anything by summarizing Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas parable because every time we read it — and everybody should read it — or see a movie, TV or stage version, the story’s as fresh, touching and relevant as ever.

View From the Stage, Crestview’s community theatre troupe, brings the story to Warriors Hall’s equivalent of Cinemascope, taking full advantage of that wide, wide stage to pack an eye-pleasing cast of 48 thespians into the Michael Demaio musical based on Dickens’ timeless story.

Director Sandra Peters wrung an enjoyable opening night performance Friday from her four dozen actors, who ranged in age from elementary school kids to retirees.

A few ear-shattering audio glitches marred Act I, suggesting the show might have benefited from an extra tech rehearsal or two, but knowing the financial challenges of having to rent that hall, I sympathized more than cringed.

Standout cast



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