DTC’s Christmas Carol: A Fresh Take on Dickens’ Timeless Classic

A Christmas Carol - Dallas Theater Center

Review of A Christmas Carol Presented by Dallas Theater Center

by Mina Frannea

We saw Dallas Theater Center’s production of A Christmas Carol at the Kalita Humphreys Theater recently.

This adaptation of Dickens’ classic by Richard Hellesen is in its eight and final season at the Kalita Humphreys. Although we were expecting the usual story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, we were blown away by the quality of the production. The diverse cast and their stellar performances were a treat. We also enjoyed the dramatic special effects and sounds that underscored scenes such as booming clock chimes, rattling chains, eerie fog and lightning strikes. All of this combined created a gripping backdrop for the performance.

Our nine-year-old twins were riveted to each facet of the exciting production, even the slightly scary parts like this scene with Jacob Marley’s ghost and the Ghost of Christmas Future.

A Christmas Carol - Dallas Theater Center - Jacob Marley

The revolving stage lent itself to smooth transitions between scenes and the costume designs were outstanding!

A Christmas Carol - Dallas Theater Center - Collage

Chamblee Ferguson does a great job transforming Scrooge from a bitter old man to a kind, humble and loving person. The transition is subtle, allowing the audience to relate to Scrooge’s struggle to let in emotions long buried and forgotten as he relives past memories, observes those currently in his life or attempts to reconnect with those whom he has hurt.

A Christmas Carol - Dallas Theater Center

I also enjoyed Steven Michael Walters in his role as Bob Cratchit. Walters’ performances felt genuine and believable.

A Christmas Carol - Dallas Theater Center - Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim

Also a favorite with my daughter and myself was Liz Mikel as the Ghost of Christmas Present. We really enjoyed her energy and the richness of her deep, booming voice as it echoed throughout the theater. When she clanged her staff on the ground, causing lightning strikes to emerge, it was easy to imagine the whole theater shaking!

A Christmas Carol - Dallas Theater Center - Ghost of Christmas Present

A couple of the dancing scenes were a little long at times, but I’m glad that my family got a chance to see this rendition of A Christmas Carol as it’s a refreshing take on the timeless classic. If you get a chance, go see it. The performance run through Sunday, December 23rd. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.dallastheatercenter.org.


Mina Frannea is a web editor and social media professional. She enjoys the Arts, cooking, enlightening discussions and sharing relevant information with other Moms. A Mom to nine-year-old twins, Mina enjoys writing about family friendly activities around town, theater performances, favorite recipes and activities that keep her children busy and happy. Visit Mina’s blog at www.themomsjournal.com.




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