A Christmas Carol Review


Story by Breann Koch

Senior Lauren Pouliot and Warren Tuso.

by Diana Timmermans |

I have been in drama classes, which made me appreciate all of the aspects of the production even more. So, some of my comments are a little amateur compared to the performances of Liberty High School’s A Christmas Carol.

On the first night, I was astonished by the hard work it took to make the set. The set rotated! It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen. The set was so realistic; it was like I was actually in London.

I was a little skeptical about the musical being in the Little Theatre, opposed to the Liberty Performing Arts Theater in the community center. It was a change I gladly accepted once the musical started, because it was so intimate. It truly made it seem real. The fact that the set rotated, made my heart happy!

Along with the setting, the makeup was phenomenal. I watched, totally enthralled, as my peers morphed into the real characters. Especially the makeup for Robert Louthain who played old man Scrooge, it was a “there’s no way” kind of moment, at first, I couldn’t believe that it was really Robert Louthain. The makeup and set crew need to give themselves a pat on the back.

The only thing I found truly flawed about the first performance on November 7, was the fact that there was a fog machine malfunction that set off the fire alarms in the Little Theatre; otherwise, I don’t know what is stopping them from getting the Blue Star award from Starlight Theater.

I felt bad on the first night the musical opened, a few younger kids were sitting in the front row, getting genuinely scared when Turner Staton took the stage as the ghost of Marley, Scrooge’s work partner, because his first scene was that realistic.

Usually, I don’t enjoy watching PDA, especially on this scale, but Tyler Miller and Ashley Stuck’s kisses were actually cute. Without them, I feel like it would have lacked the emotion of the moment.  I loved how sassy “Emily” (Ashley Stuck’s character) got when her husband was too busy at work to spend time with her, but it disappointed me when young Scrooge didn’t go after her. The actors really pulled me into the story, I was holding back yelling “GO AFTER HER!” along with old man Scrooge.

   Lauren Pouliot as the ghost of Christmas Past was flawless. I loved everything about her, right down to her sparkly red lipstick. The ghost of Christmas Past was the kind of character that sticks with you, from her voice, to her songs,

to her crazy and beautiful costume.

The other two ghosts, Kelsey Lewis and Katie Corum, were equally impressive. I couldn’t picture a better Christmas Present ghost than Kelsey Lewis on her stilts and the adorable children tossing candy into the crowd and spreading the Christmas cheer. Buddy the Elf says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.” The cast made this happen.

The last ghost, Katie Corum, played her part so well; it’s hard to find words to describe her otherwise. Both of her costumes, as the old blind woman and the ghost were eerie. The way she walked and stalked around the stage made you keep guessing what she would do next.

I think the award for most heart-melting performance goes to Tiny Tim played by Landon Tuso. He is the son of the prevention specialist Amy Tuso. Tim was an adorable little boy and I hope he grows up to be in more high school plays and musicals.

One part that amazed me was that I talked to Jimmy Sitzman after the show. He said his characters truly only had a few lines and all the rest was improv, so the audience would get a little different show every night.

To top off a perfect Christmas Carol they made it snow, I couldn’t imagine a better Christmas Carol musical. If you didn’t go see it you miss out on some really great theatre. Fantastic job to every cast and crew member involved!