‘A (Comic) Christmas Carol’ at The Greenbelt Arts Center by Amanda Gunther

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Ever wanted to play the humbugging Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Or what about the wicked and haunting ghost of Marley? Perhaps one of the three spirits that haunt the old miser? Well Greenbelt Arts Center is giving you that chance this Christmas season — no experience required! For two weeks only The Renaissance Man (best known for his work at the Maryland Renaissance Festival during the fall season) will be appearing as Tiny Tim, all grown-up of course, and retelling the story of his father’s plight in Scrooge’s employ. Only he seems to have forgotten to bring one key element to the production; the players! A hilarious evening of audience participatory involvement, creating an exquisitely unique show every time, this venture is sure to amuse patrons of all ages, and make fond new Christmas traditions and memories for all involved.

Victorian Christopher Davis. Photo courtesy of The Greenbelt Arts Center.

Tiny Tim (also known as actor/author/comedian Christopher Davis) isn’t so tiny anymore, in fact he’s a full grown man, and he’s eager to share his tale with anyone that will listen. The whole experience is a holiday hoot, audience members are asked to write their name on a slip of paper upon picking up their tickets for a chance to be a part of the show! (This ensures that only those in good spirits will be joining the merriment upon the stage.) And from there it’s one big ball of fun — as just about anything can happen.

Davis is a splendid performer. He narrates Dickens’ tale with a lively approach, adding pop culture references, jokes and other little moments of entertainment to keep it fresh. And his audience involvement knows no bounds! In the performance I attended — I was called to the stage as none other than Bob Cratchit — or in this case, Babette Cratchit. We even had a Fredericka for Scrooge’s niece and the ghost of lady Jacky Marley. This made for an uproarious good time as far as the audience was concerned.

It will be Dickens like you’ve never quite remembered it, but an ultimately hilarious and enjoyable evening. Davis even does a few parlor tricks with cornball jokes and juggling at the end of the performance to showcase his other entertaining skills. A marvelous way to spend a holiday evening, especially for those that have always enjoyed the classic tale and wondered what it might be like to step in Scrooge’s shoes even if it is just for one performance.

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

A (Comic) Christmas Carol plays through December 23, 2012 at The Greenbelt Arts Center – 123 Centerway, in Greenbelt, MD. For tickets, call the box office at (301) 441-8770 or purchase them online.

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Amanda Gunther is an actress, a writer, and loves the theatre. She graduated with her BFA in acting from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and spent two years studying abroad in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales. Her time spent in Sydney taught her a lot about the performing arts, from Improv Comedy to performance art drama done completely in the dark. She loves theatre of all kinds, but loves musicals the best. When she’s not working, if she’s not at the theatre, you can usually find her reading a book, working on ideas for her own books, or just relaxing and taking in the sights and sounds of her Baltimore hometown. She loves to travel, exploring new venues for performing arts and other leisurely activities. Writing for the DCMetroTheaterArts as a Senior Writer gives her a chance to pursue her passion of the theatre and will broaden her horizons in the writer’s field.