A Christmas Carol – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Ebenezer Scrooge really works hard to earn the titles as the crankiest, crabbiest curmudgeon during the Christmas season. As the “bah humbug king,” he reeks with mean spiritedness, that is until he is forced to reexamine his life and his deeds with the help of personages of a trio of ghosts. This is after a timely visit from his business partner Jacob Marley, who was dead as a doornail lo these last seven years.

The Legacy Theatre of Branford will joyfully welcome the holiday season with “A Christmas Carol” adapted from the classic by Charles Dickens, with original music by Keely Baisden Knudsen and David Bell until Sunday December 10. Gather the whole family for this traditional holiday favorite.

Come meet James Andreassi’s Ebenezer Scrooge as he happily counts his coins and denies giving charity to help the orphaned and poor, tries to deny his employee Bob Cratchit (Josiah Rowe) a proper day off to observe Christmas and refuses the kind invitation of his nephew Fred (Dan Frye) to spend dinner at his home. Andreassi is wonderfully awful as the dastardly downer of the delightful day.

When the ghosts appear to do their seemingly impossible magic, the Ghost of Christmas Past (Keely Baisden), the Ghost of Christmas Present ( Chris Lemieux), and the most fearful of all, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Melanie Martyn), Scrooge is forced to reckon with all the mistakes he made in his life. With the help of Fan (Kiersten Bjork) his love from the past, the heartfelt needs of Tiny Tim (Patrick Clifford), the musical skills of the Clock Chime
Singer (Wynter Knudsen) and the happy arrival of the Boy who announces it is still Christmas Day (Emery Knudsen), the redemption of Ebenezer is complete.

For tickets ($25-60), call the Legacy, 128 Thimble Islands Road, Branford at 203-315-1901 or online at LegacyTheatreCT.org. Performances are Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Please bring new adult mittens and gloves to donate.

Witness the magical transformation of Ebenezer as he learns the true meaning of the holiday spirit and embraces it with a whole and grateful heart.