Holiday Cheer with a Christmas Carol


Weather watch: It’s snowing in Glendale!

From l, Mario DiGregorio, Jaymes Hale, and James Betteridge.

It’s the perfect way to ring in the holiday. Glendale Centre Theatre’s A Christmas Carol gets you in the mood, no matter how crazed you are trying to juggle life’s balancing act this time of year. Charles Dickens would approve.

You’re immediately brought back in time to 1843 when you hear the cast’s melodic voices that open the show with Christmas tunes. Eye-catching colorful costumes designed by Angela Wood (Glendale Costumes) grab you and get you to feel the energy of the time. This is Ms. Wood’s sixth year costuming this show, although GCT has produced it for 47 years.

It is a play that’s enjoyable for the entire family. Seeing the smiling faces of the children in the audience was an added treat. You know the show is good if the kids are mesmerized and are able to sit still for a couple of hours.

Barring modern technology with the hocus pocus of special effects, the audience is brought back to simpler times pre- iPhones, electricity, and television. The theatre-in-the-round brings the audience in on all the action, as cast members often speak or sing from the aisles.

Glendale Centre Theatre goes all out with Christmas cheer. The hostesses at the door are dressed in red velvet holiday joy. There’s a photo area filled with old-fashioned props and a turn of the century snow backdrop for picture sales. Even the second floor lounge area is decorated in Christmas regalia. And the piece de resistance is cast carols in the lobby after the show, as well as an outdoor “snow” fall as you are leaving the theatre.

Mario Digregorio plays the lead, Ebenezer Scrooge. Producer Tim Dietlin takes a role, as do his sons, Travis and Jaymes. It’s a real family affair.

Brenda Dietlein, co-producer and Tim’s wife, adapted the play. A Christmas Carol runs till December 24th.

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