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'A Christmas Carol: Scroogeand Marley' produces a merry tune

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By Kirsten Laskey

“A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” sings a slightly different tune than the original Charles Dickens’ story.For instance, Marley does not appear in just one scene as a gloomy, depressed spirit, warning Ebenezer Scrooge of what is in store for him Christmas Eve night. No, Marley appears on the stage numerous times as the narrator. This Marley cracks jokes, plays a prank on Scrooge and jauntily wears a bowler hat decorated with a piece of holly.Additionally, Christmas festivities are actively celebrated with holiday carolers parading up and down the aisles and stage, singing popular Christmas songs.Despite a few variations, the story does not stray from Dickens’ original story of a miser getting a hard lesson about the significance of Christmas and his attitude toward life.Scrooge (Grady Hughes) is a mean, stingy, accountant who is cold to everyone, from his kind clerk, Bob Cratchit (Pete Sandford) to his vibrant nephew, Fred (Don Monteith).However, visits from three spirits transport Scrooge through time, and what he sees and learns results in a dramatic change.This is a classic tale, no matter how many times it gets told; “A Christmas Carol” is also a treat to see and offers a lesson everyone can benefit from.A standout in the cast is Hughes, who does a great job being a real grouch. Yet his performance seems to suggest that underneath Scrooge’s tough exterior, he is a real softie.Another standout is Larry Gibbons as the Ghost of Christmas Present. He brings a lot of pizzazz to the role; however, during Friday’s performance he seemed to chuckle a bit too much at what was occurring on the stage.When Scrooge journeys to a future Christmas, Inez Ross as the Charwoman, Alice Corriggan as the Woman Vulture and Gwen Lewis as Mrs. Dilber were great as the greedy robbers who steal Scrooge’s stuff when he dies.From Scrooge’s bare accounting house to Fred’s elegant drawing room, the sets effectively show off the many different parts of England he visits during the play. The cast is also well-costumed; the carolers model popular Victorian fashions and the spirits’ costumes reflect each of their personas.Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The play is suitable for all audiences.Tickets (general admission $12/students and seniors $10) are available at CB Fox or at the door, 1670 Nectar St. For more information call 455-7467 or see www.lalt.org.