A Christmas Carol
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Edited by: Michelle W.
What do you do when the weather turns chilly? Welcome the wintry season by watching a holiday play!
Ms. Daly’s English Honours class set out one frosty morning to Gateway Theatre. Accompanied by two of Mr. Anderson’s English 11 classes and Mr. Fowler’s English 8 class, we would be watching the timeless classic of A Christmas Carol. Based on Charles Dickens’ novella of the same name, it follows the tale of moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge whose obsession with wealth causes him to be negligent of others. When he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future on Christmas Eve, he is forced to confront the atrocities of his own nature lest he be condemned to a miserable future. Although I had only seen adaptations of the story in segments, I looked forward to watching it in full. Following a festive ride, upon arrival at the theatre, our class disembarked; several classes from other schools had also arrived to attend the play. Soon after we took our seats, the show began.
It was an immensely enjoyable experience, from the lighting and smoke effects to the calibre of the cast themselves. The play provided a keen glimpse into not only the literary world of the work, but of the time period itself. Both the language and the costumes were represented well. Although it lent less to the historical context, I’m particularly fond of the metal set piece that was used for the majority of scenes; it provided an abstract surrealism that further cemented the supernatural nature of the play.
Overall, the tale explores themes of ignorance and compassion, inspiring the expression of forgiveness. In addition, it is intended to illustrate the disparity between social classes in 18th century London within the story as well as reality. I believe the portrayal of either of these elements was immensely effective, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to experience it firsthand. Thus, if you find yourself looking for a glimpse at Christmas through the ages, A Christmas Carol is the place to be.