POST: 'A Christmas Carol, The Musical' - What was Mr. Scrooge so mad about?
What's it about?
A rich, miserable, and disgustingly grouchy man who gets a visit Christmas Eve from three ghosts, warning him of what's to come if he does not change.
What'd I experience?
This is how I feel about the show. ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️🎄
On this Sunday morning, it was a crisp day with the sun shining really bright, some blows of wind, and orangey-red leaves relaxing on the concrete floor. I was meeting up with an old friend of mine from junior high to catch up on life, and I felt like a highly sophisticated 20 year old. However, this "all grown up" attitude of mine quickly dissolved as I was on my way to see the show. I was getting all giddy inside in anticipation for the classic tale.
I finally hopped off of the train on West 4 St Station and skipped my way to the Player’s Theatre. Right in front was a small group of singing adults and kids dressed in old school (think 1800's) festive clothing. “We wish you a Merry Christmas… and a happy new year!” I felt so happy looking at everyone surrounding the singing acapella group and I was humming along. “Well then, lemme go inside and hope to see Santa”, I thought. Picking up my ticket, I walked inside of the theatre and sadly did not see Santa. Instead, I saw a whole bunch of parents with their small kids. What shocked me, though, was the fact that there were also a lot of teenagers with their friends, just as excited as me for the show. I guess Christmas will always be in, and I’m cool with that.
The show starts with that same acapella group singing a Christmas tune behind the whole audience, introducing us to Mr. Scrooge and his messed up self. The show kept to the original story line, while adding in some musical numbers. So, this was a musical!
As with every show that I have seen, I learned from this show. I learned that the childlike character in me will never leave, just hide. I became a child again watching this show and reacted just like the children in the audience were reacting. I was stunned by any and everything, and was laughing at all of the jokes told on stage. I tried to laugh silently, but there was a time during the show where I snorted like a madman. I was also reminded of what it means to be grateful and kind and what it means to spread love to others. What was Mr. Scrooge so mad about? He had the money, and the business, yet he was still unhappy. His nephew was not really rich, and his employee was poor yet they were so joyous. It had to take three ghosts showing him his past, present, and potential future to change his nasty ways. After the show, I was filled with gratitude for how things are going in the life that I’m blessed to have.
The show ended with the cast singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" again, and myself (with others in the audience) joining in to sing. Before I went back outside as the grown up Faith, I was fully in the moment, enjoying being a kid filled with the Christmas spirit.
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