Note: Entire Contents Copyright 2016 by Tony Annicone
Shannon commands the stage as the Narrator. Her script is very funny and witty. It is a clever bash at Dickens and his well known tale but this caustic and ribald comedy leaves you laughing merrily. You enjoy many carols throughout the first act especially as she yells "Oh, look Christmas Carolers" and they enter singing joyfully. Jennifer Mensel is the music director, leads the carolers wonderfully and also play Jane Marley in the real story, scaring the crap out of Scrooge. Shannon's relationship with her delinquent, employee Carol, who is well played by Kathleen Seagriff. Her sarcastic lines are hilarious as she mocks Dickens, the Narrator, the carolers and Christmas itself until she learns the true meaning by the end of the show. Shannon and Kathleen have clever lines in the first act and they have some funny comments during the second act to lighten things up.
Tom Morey is brilliant as Charles Dickens. He is onstage almost the whole show. Tom runs the gamut of emotions in this role. Bill Pett does a nice turn as a grumpy Theodore Martin in Act 1 who is a nemesis of Dickens. He then transforms himself into the well known miser in Act 2. Dickens father is played by Bob Werbecki who then becomes Bob Cratchit. The three ghosts are well played by Jillian Govoni as Christmas Past, she does a great version of "Blue Christmas" in Act 1, Caitlin Robert as Christmas Present who gets to yell "Are there no prisons, are there no workhouses" to wake Scrooge out of his stupor and the very scary Ghost of the Future played by Don Shurtleff. One of the cutest ones is Lily Werbecki as Tiny Tim. She captures the hearts of the audience at her earnest portrayal. Kudos to the carolers on their strong singing voice. Also a word of praise to Shannon for making the audience look at how this show really ushers in the Christmas season in this new tongue in cheek original play of hers. It is truly a family friendly show and the totally sold out audience gave it a standing ovation. You also get free cookies at every performance. So for a new spin on this old chestnut of a show, be sure to catch "Carol's Christmas" before time runs out at the Arctic Playhouse. You will laugh merrily all night long.