Surflight’s ‘Ebenezer’ Will Make You Feel Like You’re in 19th-Century London

EN POINTE: Sophia Swannell, as the ghost of Xmas Previous, dances gracefully all around an astonished Ebenezer Scrooge in Surflight’s vacation musical, which showcases brilliant performing, lighting, seem and costuming. (Photograph by Pat Trotter)
The opening scene from Surflight Theatre’s getaway display, “Ebenezer, a Musical Xmas Carol,” seemed charmingly like a Currier and Ives print or a daguerreotype.
Without a doubt, the full present was fantastically offered. It is not typically that I rave about the lights, seem and costuming at Surflight – I normally focus on acting, dancing or singing skills. But this time I simply just have to congratulate lighting designer/specialized director/scenic designer Chris Strangfeld, audio designer Liam Mayer and costume designer Jenn Dugan. Their put together efforts built me experience as if I have been truly transported again to 19th-century London.
The output was solely expert. The actors were being universally reliable. I use the phrase “solid” since you just cannot idiot about far too much with audience’s anticipations in a present such as “Ebenezer” – the figures have been really properly chipped in stone for a lot of a long time. Tim Steiner, participating in the title job, Jonathan Van Dyke as Bob Cratchit, and the adorable Addie Jaymes Finley as Little Tim all played their roles as really should be envisioned. Two performances of notice however: Pete Clapsis was quite cheerful and energetic as Fezziwig, and Sophia Swannell additional a bit of the otherworldly as the Ghost of Xmas Previous as she, a graduate of England’s Royal Academy of Dancing, moved across the stage en pointe through her scenes.
Without a doubt, I can use the phrase stable to explain much of the clearly show. The music by William Mearns and lyrics by Rosemary Novellino-Mearns (finest know as the lady who saved the Radio Metropolis Songs Hall) have been stable if unremarkable, though I did get pleasure from the job Novellino-Mearns did with “Yes & No,” a music that encapsulated a get together sport played at a Xmas party.
There was tiny dance in the show, directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. But what there was – well, it was stable if unspectacular.
The essential story of Ebenezer Scrooge has not altered considerably, in fact barely at all, in the show’s reserve by Ian Desmond O’Connell. Scrooge is a miserable miser who phone calls Christmas a humbug. But then he is visited by four ghosts – that is suitable, four. Several folks neglect the ghost of Scrooge’s departed organization husband or wife, Jacob Marley. Marley tells him to anticipate 3 other spectral readers. The Ghosts of Xmas Previous, Present and Long term demonstrate Scrooge what his life could have been like if he experienced appreciated loved ones and good friends as an alternative of concentrating entirely on buying prosperity, continue to could be like if he could only modify his approaches, and what his death will most assuredly be like if he does not.
Effectively, the nighttime visits alter Scrooge right away, and he out of the blue will become exceptionally generous with all concerned, offering Cratchit a increase as effectively as sending his clerk’s relatives the greatest turkey in all of London.
That is the dilemma with any play or musical dependent on the traditional Charles Dickens’ novella. It’s much too vintage. Everybody, except a kid observing a “Christmas Carol” adaptation for the initially time, is aware the tale line by coronary heart.
How quite a few occasions have I seen “A Christmas Carol” perform or motion picture in my nearly 67 several years? I could not depend them on 20 fingers. But I have to say this a great deal: Surflight’s generation is better than quite a few.
Stable with an exclamation point!
“Ebenezer, A Musical Xmas Carol” will operate although Dec. 19 with 2 p.m. performances on Dec. 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18 and 19 and demonstrates at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Tickets are $41 for older people and $31 for youngsters 12 years of age and young. They could be purchased online at, by cellular phone at 609-492-9477, or at the box place of work, situated at 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.
— Rick Mellerup

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