Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The North Shore Performing Arts Center in Skokie will be hosting a free event this spring.
The classic Charles Dickens' tale A Christmas Carol will be performed at the North Shore Performing Arts Center in Skokie this spring. The event will feature a full symphony orchestra, choir, narrator and three soloists. Composer Bob Christianson and lyricist Alisa Hauser created an original score with musical styles that range from classical and Broadway to blues and even gospel. Attendance is free. The performance will be at the North Shore Performing Arts Center, 9501 Skokie Blvd., on Sunday May 5 at 2:30 p.m. The show is 1 hour and 20 minutes with a 20 minute intermission. The show is recommended for children 10-years and up. For more information, we suggest you check out the group's website.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
From Lionel Barrymore to Jim Carrey, they have all played the main character of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The first movie version cast Tom Ricketts in the role the last time the Cubs won a World Series.
Ebenezer Scrooge may not be the most played role by an actor but over 35 people have reprised the role from British nobility to Scrooge McDuck, an animated version of the character with a strong resemblance to Walt Disney’s Donald Duck, according to an Internet Search. Patch was going to do a poll to let readers vote for their favorite Scrooge, but there are way too many for a credible contest so we invite you to share your memories in the comments beneath this story. Earlier: What Is a Humbug? Patch will give you some history to stimulate your memory and then we ask you to debate away. Would you believe Patch research showed the first person to play Scrooge in a movie was Tom Ricketts and the film was made in Chicago the last time the …
Monday, December 24, 2012
When Ebenezer Scrooge said, “Christmas, bah humbug,” what did he mean?
When Charles Dickens first had Ebenezer Scrooge utter the words, “Christmas, bah humbug,” six days before the holiday in 1843, what did the English author have in mind? Was Scrooge comparing the holiday to an insect? No. But it was nothing good either. The word humbug first made its way into the English language as slang about 100 years before Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol,” according to the Miriam Webster online dictionary and my college version of Webster’s New World Dictionary. Neither dictionary nor an online search shed much light into the meaning of the word in the 1750’s other than it was used by college students. By the time Dickens penned the utterance into the vocabulary for use by a man whose name has become synonymous with …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Because this show takes such an unflinching look at things we fear, and lets the power of love transcend them, it achieves heights that are all the more joyous.
The Goodman Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" does not shy away from the dark, the frightening, and all those things we prefer not to think about. Indeed, this production uses stage wizardry to solidly confront us with many of the biggest fear factors in human life--poverty, sickness, loss, regrets and death. Because of that, Ebenezer Scrooge's gradual emergence from the darkness into the light takes on a magnificent feeling of triumph. It's a fully cathartic experience. This is the show's 35th year, and I've been seeing it, on a pretty regular basis, for about 13 years. Every time, it pulls me into its Dickensian world with the stellar quality of its acting, directing that brings out nuances of humor and grimness, and fine …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The singing, music, dancing and most of the acting hit high notes.
When the lights come up on Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's production of "A Christmas Carol," they reveal Bob Cratchit's family sitting around their dining room table. That's a jolt for theater-goers accustomed to the traditional version of the show. It represents a radical re-working of the script by Scott Woldman, resident playwright at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, where the show runs through Dec. 24. The production has some fine acting, music, singing and dancing. The most notable thing about it, however, is the new script, which has some strengths as well as weaknesses. Woldman's version makes Bob Cratchit the occasional narrator and uses his narrations as an organizing framework for the story. The …