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A Christmas Carol - meet cast member Colin Davies

Tell us about your role in A Christmas Carol.
I play one of the Narrators and also one of the Gentlemen.  The Narrator is essentially the voice of Dickens, responsible for introducing scenes and setting the context, and commenting on the action, as a kind of Greek chorus.  The Gentleman I play is humorous, slightly pompous, and good natured.

What were some of the challenges you had with this show?
What is unusual about the role of the Narrator is that he does not actually interact with any of the other characters, apart from the other Narrator, who is brilliantly played by Dan Lavanga.  He speaks to the audience but not to the other people on stage, which means he does not develop his relationship with others and broaden his character.  The challenge is to explain what is happening, or about to happen, without detracting from the action.  The role of the Gentleman is a fun part - as I said, slightly pompous, and not necessarily all that bright.

What do you hope the audience takes away f…

A Christmas Carol - meet cast member Daniel Calderon


A Christmas Carol - meet cast member Katya Zaitsev

Tell us about your character in A Christmas Carol.
Girl Cratchit is very happy.  She is excited for Christmas.  She likes to help people.  She loves her family very much.

What challenges did you face working on this show?
Sometimes it can be hard to focus on two things at once, like saying a line and getting a basket to decorate the Christmas tree.  It is also hard to think of Tiny Tim dying and being sad for that scene.

What do you hope the audience takes away from A Christmas Carol?
Never be mean.  Always be grateful for what you have.

A Christmas Carol - meet cast member Erik Rieloff


A Christmas Carol - meet cast member Lindsey Gattuso

Tell us about your character.
My character's name is Belinda Cratchit.  She is 11 (I am 10).  I am the middle Cratchit girl.  My dad works for this really mean man named Scrooge and my parents don't like him.  I don't know much about who he is and why he makes my dad so sad all the time but I worry about my parents.  I also worry about my little brother, Tiny Tim because he isn't well.  We are poor but we have a Christmas tree, we have food, and we have each other.

What were some challenges you faced working on A Christmas Carol?
One of the challenges I have is singing a carol on stage while decorating a tree.  I solved this by practicing the song a lot at home so I didn't think about it anymore.  Also, at first I thought I'd have a hard time feeling sad doing the scene when (spoiler alert!) Tiny Tim dies -- but it turns out it's not really a challenge after all because doing the scene really makes me sad.  The other actors make it feel so real, so it then fe…

A Christmas Carol - Larry Grey on playing Ebenezer Scrooge