It's a haunted holiday season in Central Florida -- why, in the past week alone I've seen a dozen ghosts. That's because I've taken in three performances of "A Christmas Carol" around town.
One had a high-tech bent -- and one starred female impersonator Carol Lee performing
's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" with Miss Piggy.
But I would guess that
's gentle show is closer to how
would have envisioned his 1843 Christmas story being told on the stage.
Theatre Downtown has been presenting Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for a decade. Here, the trappings of director Frank Hilgenberg's show are of a traditional sort, as when a singer warbles "O Holy Night" and "What Child Is This" during the action.
has a comic edge around the nastiness so even if the children onstage are afraid of him, the children in the audience won't be.
The old-timey feeling begins a half hour before show time when carolers perform around an upright piano in the theater's lobby, and that wave of nostalgia carries right to the end of the performance when the cast bursts into song with, what else, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
See for yourself
* What: "A Christmas Carol," presented by Theatre Downtown
* When: Through Dec. 20. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Monday, Dec. 20; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19.
* Where: Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave., Orlando
* Tickets: $18; $15 for students and seniors
* Call: 407-841-0083