A Christmas Carol
The songs don’t stop the action but are incorporated into the story as period pieces — songs that might have been sung as carols or around the hearth.
The staging is done through overlapping narration, as the large cast trades off delivering Dickens’ description of a dreary London, a grouchy Ebenezer and warm family gatherings. Interspersed are the familiar scenes of Scrooge on his journeys to past, present and future Christmases.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that A Christmas Carol is basically a ghost story. STC helps this along with a dark and dank set, massive fog and scary ghosts. The costumes are handsome, and the troupe is enthusiastic and energetic.
However, there is a strange lack of emotional resonance in this production. It may be because old Scrooge is played by a relatively young, spry Matt K. Miller. He does an admirable job, but his transformation isn’t a major arc. Also, the narration might be handled best through a core group of players rather than the whole cast.
“Bah humbug!” aside, it’s still nice to see this handsome Carol back on the STC stage.