Dickens' Holiday Classic A Christmas Carol at Olinder Theatre
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Featured review from GregRed Velvet
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Dickens’ paean to the indomitability of the human spirit is the quintessential Christmas story. As such, it has been produced countless times by anyone courageous, if not foolish, enough to give it a try. That being the case, is it possible to bring something new to the perennial favorite?
Indeed, the creative folks at the Northside Theatre Company have more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Namely, a prodigious talent for lighting, sound and set design, and impeccable staging. Not to mention a keen casting sense that’s savvy enough to offer the central role to the inimitable Ross Arden Harkness. A better choice could not have been made!
Scrooge must possess a palpable gravitas to be taken seriously, and Harkness possesses it in droves. He pilots this vessel’s talented ensemble with the assurance of a ship’s captain. And his crew does not let him down, each performing their assigned duties with an infectious, unbridled enthusiasm.
Typically with companies this size, the pool of available talent from which it can draw can leave much to be desired. Remarkably, this little theatre company that could had the good fortune to harvest the cream of the crop for this outing. Supporting turns by Michael Swearington (Bob Cratchit), Melinda Marks (Belle) and Angie Higgins (Christmas Past) are particularly noteworthy. And Leah Kolchinsky (Martha Cratchit) has a singular stage presence that will serve her well as she hones her already considerable skills as an actress.
That being said, one would be remiss if I failed to address the befuddling performance of Timothy Garcia in one scene as the wildly flirtatious Topper. Although his comical approach remains true to the character as described in Dickens’ novella, Mr. Garcia adopts a campy, flamboyant tone that is glaringly out of place. To be frank, after picking my jaw off the floor it left me scratching my head!
Misgivings aside, of which there are few, one should not miss this exemplary little production of a genuine holiday classic!
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- "[T]he creative folks at the Northside Theatre Company have more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Namely, a prodigious talent for lighting, sound and set design, and impeccable staging."--<em>Bay Area Critic-at-Large</em>
Northside Theatre Company presents its annual production of this holiday event. This excellent stage adaptation of the Dickens classic captures all the power, humor and warmth this ageless tale has to offer. It is a great Christmas present for the entire family. This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being.
About the Ticket Supplier: Northside Theatre CompanyNorthside Theatre Company (NTC) was founded in 1978 by current managing artistic director, Richard Orlando. In 1980, NTC became a registered non-profit organization. Northside is currently in its 28th season and receives national attention for new play development while leading the way in re-defining the integrity and importance of small theatre organizations and their critical importance to the development of industry standards and emerging artists. Committed to theatre for all people, without regard to age, race, creed, culture or physical abilities, Northside is devoted to the manifestation of the human spirit by creating dramatic art through heart, collaboration and exploration.
For 28 years, Northside hallmarks have been experimentation, education and performance. Northside Theatre Company has been as much a philosophy as a production company. We are a place where imagination and inventiveness have a chance to blossom, a place where the human spirit is explored in bold and unpredictable ways.
Northside is an opportunity for emerging artists to work with and learn from seasoned professionals. On stage, old and young merge in a relentless pursuit of quality to give our audiences, liberating experiences.
Northside Theatre Company offers a full range of theatre services including: Open Auditions, Outreach Projects, An annual touring project (Theatre On Wheels), a Five Play Mainstage season and various staged readings throughout each season.