A Seussified Christmas Carol- Three Notch Theatre Review

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a good ol’ Christmas show? Many people are familiar with the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol”. This is a version that less people are familiar with – the Seussified version! It’s a great way to add a fun, new spin on an old tale. “A Seussified Christmas Carol” is the next Newtowne Players’ production, running from November 29 – December 15, 2019.

“A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is like something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story.” — www.newtowneplayers.org

This production starts off with two bubbly narrators – Thing 1 and Thing 2 (played by Carey Bibb and Kellie Podsednik). Honestly, they stole the performance for me with their hilarious antics! Another star performer was The Scrooge, a rock-and-roll nickname given to Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Neil Compton- an excellent comedic timing actor!)

The Narrators (Kellie Podsednik and Carey Bibb) weave their way in and out of the
scenes peppering the audience with Seussified conversation.
The Ghost of A Christmas Present (Brittainy North) gets a seussified update in this fun
take on the classic Christmas tale. She crashes in on The Scrooge (Neil Compton) in his home before taking him on a whirlwind trip.

What I really enjoyed about this production was the number of young actors involved. I love seeing young performers getting their chance to shine on stage. They were all talented, as well as adorable!

The Scrooge (Neil Compton) and the Ghost of A Christmas Present (Brittainy North)
pay a visit to the Crachit family just as Bob Crachit (Matthew Ray) and Timmy Loo Hoo (Jacob Culp) are coming home for dinner.

Directors Sara Gravelle and Stacy Oosterink did a great job bringing this production to life with their fun casting decisions and character choices.

I enjoyed that the set was minimalistic – bringing in pieces of “Seussified” furniture and using a projector background to bring us into the Seuss world. This was thanks to the properties manager P. Wade Thompson and set designer Tom McCarthy.

The Scrooge (Neil Compton) is finally confronted with his own mortality as Sven, The
Ghost of Christmas Future (Benjamin Messer) takes him on the final leg of his ghostly tour.
The outlandish Ghost of Christmas Past (Rachel Fusco) introduces The Scrooge (Neil
Compton) to his younger, rocking, mohawk sporting self (Jacob LeJeune) and reminds him of his lost love Belle (Kate Larsson).

This production is great for families with kids of all ages! It was a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. There was a lot of humor, both from young kids and for “young at heart” adults.

Now I do have to warn you – this show is selling out fast! Make sure to quickly head over to https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thenewtowneplayers/276846# to get your tickets. Be aware – there are NO THURSDAY PERFORMANCES this production – but there ARE matinees! Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 3:30 PM.

Let me know in the comments below – Are you going to see this show? If you saw the show, what did you think?

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