Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Christmas Carol - meet cast member Daniel Calderon
Tell us about your character in A Christmas Carol.
Jacob Marley is a ghost of himself. He was just as Scrooge is in the beginning of the play - a shrewd, unfeeling man of business who weighs any situation by the amount of monetary profit he might gain from it. It isn't until he dies that he realizes how much of a waste that is and so he has returned to the one friend, and protege, he had in the world - Ebenezer Scrooge - to save him from the same fate in the afterlife.
What were some of the challenges for you in working on this show?
Oddly enough, it was the accent that gave me the most trouble. I've done accents throughout my time on stage but finding the right one and sticking with it was hard. Fortunately, I had a patient director and some fellow cast members who could help me find my way.
What do you hope audiences will take away from A Christmas Carol?
I hope audiences will see how everyone is important to everyone else. There are no insignificant players in the show. Everyone Scrooge encounters is key to his salvation and I hope the audience sees the correlation in their own lives. It's not just about being "nice" on Christmas. It's a story of how to keep that kind of spirit actively working through each of us every day of our lives because -- as Jacob Marley found out -- it is too late once we are no longer in this world.