We were invited to attend a musical theatre production of A Christmas Carol by a friend of ours, David Herrera. It was produced by Moonlight Entertainment and is currently playing at the Malonga Casquelourd Center of the Arts in Oakland until Dec. 7th. We attended there with several mutual close friends. The play is directed by Danny Buell.
David is an aspiring actor. He has been taking courses and this was the first production I have seen him perform in on stage. He played the character of Beadle. Although he also played other small minor parts. He even played the town crier where there was a little mishap. There was a huge ball at the top of his staff that came loose and fell off down to the stage floor in one big thump! Like a pro, he continued with his part unscathed.
I thought he stayed in character really well. I really could not hear his singing voice since it was more of that “talk” singing method. He looked good in the period clothing. I joked with him after the play that I have never seen him so “butch.” I am glad that my friend is living his dream.
The play was uneven at parts. There were some good musical numbers. Some of the principal cast members were weak. The definite stand out was Rebecca Faiola who played the Ghost of Christmas Present. She stole the show with her strong singing voice and stage presence.
I also had to chuckle when the little boy, who played Tiny Tim, kept going in and out of character, especially when he would run across stage with his crutches on his side with no problem at all. It was a miracle! Just part of the charm of these types of productions.
This classic Christmas tale is told, read or acted all over the world many times during this time of year. It’s message resonates even more this year as we face one of the worst economic cycles in a while.
We have a choice either to become the soulless Scrooge or to become the reborn one who sees that it is better to give and to live the spirit of Christmas.
Dickens wrote his classic tale in a time when the Industrial Revolution had created a situation where the working poor were displaced and where society had turned its back on them. Poverty was rampant. It was time that eventually spurred on some revolutionary changes in labor laws. However, laws were simply a reflection and byproduct of what must be changed in men’s hearts first.
I hope this Christmas we find our hearts.