Monday, December 12, 2011

North Shore Music Theatre

Have you ever seen 'A Christmas Carol' starring George C. Scott?  It's absolutely fabulous.  It's scary, it's funny, it's moving, it's convincing.  Christmas Present makes you laugh, Christmas Future freaks you out, and Christmas Past makes you feel....  What does she make you feel?

Anyway, Jacob Marley genuinely terrifies you as much as he scares Ebeneezer Scrooge, especially the first time you see the film.  The dark atmosphere sends chills up your spine and the bright bells on Christmas morning cheer your soul.

Yet you haven't seen this story until you've seen it at the North Shore Music Theatre.  I haven't been so terrified since I was a kid.  I drank in every moment of it.  Each character was perfectly performed and splendidly overdone.  The dancing was uplifting, the singing beautiful and rousing, the lights magical.  More than once, the audience was in fear for their own soul.

This above video was posted in 2007 by the NSMT.  What you see is very much like what I saw yesterday.  The staging was more than incredible - it was awe inspiring.  Never before have so many things risen out of the stage - platforms, tables, actors, dancers, and even gravestones.  Much of the orchestra was beneath the stage, but some - the cello, violin, and harp, for instance - were on raised platforms above the stage.  I hate to admit it, but probably my favorite song was their rollicking performance of 'Isn't It Grand, Boys'.

They don't permit photography or filming, so the only thing you'll find on YouTube is what they care to release.  So if you were hoping to get a taste without leaving your living room, you'll be deeply disappointed.


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