There's nothing like kicking off the holiday season with snow,
carols and a crusty old curmudgeon, particularly when all can be
found in Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, now at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook.
Running from November 19- December 21, the popular tale tells
the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the aforementioned curmudgeon and
miserly old man who gets a sorely needed reality check from three
ghostly spirits (Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas
Future), including the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley, who
warns him to mend his selfish ways. Fortunately, Scrooge sees the
light, gets with the program, and promises to change.
And, though this condensed version of A Christmas Carol
is put on by the Children's Theatre troupe, there's nothing
dumbed-down about it, meaning that parents and grandparents will
enjoy it as much as their little ones, thanks to a talented cast
and the comedic stylings of fan-favorite Sharon Sachs and William
Dick as a surprisingly endearing Scrooge.
I liked that the sets and props were simple, allowing the
audience to focus on the narrators and action at hand. Lively music
and bustling actors really made Victorian England come to life, and
post-show, kids were able to engage in a casual question-and-answer
session with the actors, which means we all learned how the snow
machine worked, what it was like to play a ghost, and why Scrooge
was so mean (paternal issues).
A Christmas Carol is recommended for ages six-years-old
and up, and though the show itself only about an hour, those in
attendence who were about four-years-old and under couldn't sit
through the whole performance, or were scared out of their wits by
the combination of strobe lights, Jacob Marley and the impressive
Grim Reaper (Christmas Future) on stitls.
Make a day of it with an on site buffet-style breakfast or
dinner with Santa Claus on select performance dates, including
family-friendly favorites like "Tiny Tim's Tater Tots," "Dickens
Chicken," "The Christmas Ghost Roast" and more.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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