Thursday, December 07, 2006

A Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse

I had another great night at the theatre tonight checking out this year’s version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse. This is the 31st consecutive year that OCP has run this play and it continues to be an Omaha holiday tradition. There were some significant modifications to the production this year over years past, not the least of which was a new Scrooge. Dick Boyd had played the role of Ebenezer “Eby” Scrooge for the first 30 years of the run and after his retirement from the role last year, accomplished local actor Jerry Longe stepped in.

The production was fantastic with great music, wonderful performances, and some very interesting special effects that really pulled the audience into the piece. The use of video footage displayed on shredded gauze screens for one of the effects was terrific and the special snow effects at different points during the production was definitely a crowd pleaser. One of my favorite parts of any type of production like this is the performances of the children. There were some extremely small children putting on some extremely big performances and it was obvious that the crowd enjoyed those as well.

The play runs Wednesdays through Sundays until December 22nd so if you get a chance to check it out, I highly recommend it.


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