As Fred, Scrooge’s nephew, once said, “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
Together our actors and actresses experienced the fruits of drama–the entering into a grand narrative in which they can come to understand themselves and life in the context of a more transcendent story. A Christmas Carol is a beautiful story of conversion, a story of the light shining in the darkness. It is a story of visitation, when a man, Scrooge, is given the gift to see his life from the outside, and realize the effect one man’s actions can have on his friends, family, and colleagues.
Our Riverside acting troupe grew in friendship during the past 6 weeks, whether it was the long hours spent working on stage, or the calmer moments sitting on the floor playing a card game, and laughing together. There’s something magical about the theatre, like entering into the Wardrobe of Narnia. They experience a grander story, and then return to reality, hopefully with a greater sense of life’s purpose.
We hope that our production of this classic play has helped our actors enter more deeply into the Christmas Story. Stay tuned for our Spring Musical!