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A Christmas Carol - Reviews

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Director Robin Parker on 'A Christmas Carol'

A Christmas Carol was the first play in which I ever performed. Although I was only 12, it made a huge impact on me and it continues to be one of my favorite stories. The rich characters are more to me than just characters - they serve as examples of what could have been or what could be.

Of course there is Scrooge - synonymous with all things curmudgeonly. Scrooge is the "villain" of the story. But why? He was neither dishonest nor a cheat. He worked hard, minded his own business, paid his taxes and avoided many of the vices over which we spend so much time obsessing. Scrooge's villainous flaw is that he had shut himself off - closed his heart. A Christmas Carol delves into the "whys." There is more to Scrooge than can be fully appreciated from the surface.

Scrooge's nephew, Fred, and Bob Cratchit provide another angle. While most of the characters in the story choose to avoid Scrooge for what he is, Fred loves him for who he is, beneath teh layers of regr…

Actor Joseph Machosky Talks About 'A Christmas Carol' and His Character, Tiny Tim

What attracted you to A Christmas Carol?
I knew that Tiny Tim was a nice kid and I really wanted to be Tiny Tim. I also knew the play happens in London and that it would have English accents. I really like talking in English accents.

What do you find appealing about your character? Tiny Tim is so nice and kind and even though he is really sick he is still very happy and loves his family.

What do you want audiences to take away from the play? I would like them to feel the true meaning of Christmas. It helps you remember that Christmas isn't about presents. It's about being kind to others and giving to those who don't have anything. It's also about loving your family.

And as Tiny Tim would say "God bless us All, God bless us everyone." The LTA production of A Christmas Carol, directed by Robin Parker, runs through December 18, 2011. Tickets available online at

A Christmas Carol - Show Photos

Thanks to Shane Canfield for taking these amazing pictures of A Christmas Carol!  A full gallery can be seen on our LTA Facebook Page

Actor Robert Heinly Talks about 'A Christmas Carol' and His Character, Marley

What attracted you to A Christmas Carol?
I think the first time I experienced A Christmas Carol was in an animated version on TV when I was no more than nine or ten years old. It was just stark black and white images. I can still picture Marley's jaw dropping all the way to the floor, although it may just have been to his chest. And the Ghost of Christmas Future was terrifying too. I remember feeling so relieved and happy that Scrooge was okay the next morning. 

The themes of redemption, of living life to its fullest, of taking the opportunity - the risk - of being truly happy in this world, these are universal themes in literature. Plus, this is a story that speaks to all of humanity. Scrooge specifically is a Christian tale, but merely referentially, this character is iconic, and exists in one form or another in every culture and religion.

What do you find appealing about your character, Marley?
As a character, as in the novel, Marley is a tragic, desperate fellow. One wonders …