The Gospel in Dickens
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December 03, 2010

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Down here in Naples, Florida, our community theater is putting on a real good staging of A Christmas Carol. Novelist John Jakes did the script. There are some unnecessary departures from the story - since when does Scrooge always have to be a moneylender? There's nothing in the story about that, is there? And he interjects some backstory making Scrooge's father a former inmate in debtor's prison. Trying to establish how S. got the way he is - but why? Seems like a modern concept. Seems to me it works better when his greed/evil/miserliness just grows on its own. But nonetheless, there is some good stuff. Dickens is a character, does some narrating and facilitates the action. And the staging is cool. The ghosts keep getting progressively bigger. C.Past a regular actress, C. Present about ten feet tall with use of stilts under the robes, then C. Yet to Come is a giant puppet. Works well. This should be a version of choice for community theaters, deserves a professional production.

Sounds great! Thanks for the report!

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