BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DCPA
A Christmas Carol in and of itself, is a Christmas tradition, if not for all, certainly for many families across the world. In fact, when the book first went to print on December 19, 1843, it sold out by Christmas Eve. I suppose the story has been a tradition for some stemming back generations; back to the beginning. AT DCPA, the telling of A Christmas Carol is what many look forward to each holiday season, and this year's production does not disappoint.
This is my first experience with DCPA's production and with nothing to compare it to, it was easy to sit back and enjoy the magic of both the stage and Christmas. The technical elements of the show come together to create a true masterpiece. Costume Design by Kevin Copenhaver is a true standout, with amazing wardrobes for each of the spirits that come to haunt Scrooge throughout the night. These elements are highlights with the lighting design by Don Darnutzer.
The cast was as strong as you'd expect for a locally produced DCPA production, down to the smallest member. As the Ghost of Christmas Past, among other roles, Latoya Cameron is celestial. Her costume was my absolutely stunning (I'd like one in my size, please) and her character choices were strong and thought through. As the Ghost of Christmas Present, Erick Pinnick portrays the Santa-esque, jolly spirit perfectly, as if his own heart were made from the joys of Christmas. As the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Jeffrey Roark is simply ghoulish, a certain complement to his incredibly detailed costume. As Bob Cratchit and Fred, Scrooge's nephew, Brian Vaughn and Jim Poulos do a fine job in their respective roles, as does many of the other cast members, such as Michael Fitzpatrick and Leslie O'Carroll as the Fezziwigs. Other standouts include Michael Doherty and Kyra Lindsay. As the titular Scrooge himself, Sam Gregory is perfect in his story arc from a grumpy old man to a kind, older fellow who comes to embrace the spirit(s) of Christmas in hopes of a better life for those around him.