It’s almost show time. Tonight marks the final performance of the Oldham County Schools Arts Center’s “A Christmas Carol—The Musical” and one word comes to mind: stellar. The cast has executed a series of clean, well-rehearsed performances that maintain some of the darkness of Dickens and the comedic snark of Kelsey Grammer, while injecting a vigor that is inherent to a youth production.
Strong acting and vocals seamlessly paired with intricately choreographed dance numbers that combine period-style dancing with modern techniques, make for an upbeat and enjoyable performance, as evidenced by the fact that I am seeing it for a second time. Not to mention songs that will leave you festively (and dramatically) singing for days—to get a taste, check out this video captured during tech week.
The casting was well-done, with each actor and actress bringing something unique to their role. A few lead characters were definitely standouts, especially considering that the ages of the cast range from six to 18 years old. Jacob Jones, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge, methodically demonstrates the softening of the lead character as the play progresses from past to present to future. Spencer Stewart, cast as Jacob Marley, provides a quirky, humorous edge to a character that is typically portrayed as pretty drear. Lydia Johnson, who plays as the Ghost of Christmas Past, demonstrates a classic grace which supports her incredibly strong vocal and dance technique.
Some supporting characters who add special qualities to the musical include: Sabrina Sieg, a member of the Oldham County Performance Troupe, whose gorgeous pirouettes are the highlight of the Fezziwig’s Ball dance number; Daniel Scofield and Emma Jones, who play as young Ebenezer and his love interest, Emily, sing an incredibly emotional and whimsical duet, reminding Scrooge of his past potential happiness; Brayden Durand, the youngest cast member of the production, has perfected the classic tear-inducing “and God bless us everyone” finale as Tiny Tim.
If you missed this musical, make plans to attend the Oldham County Schools Arts Center’s spring productions of “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr.,” “A Little Princess—Sara Crewe,” and “Cinderella, KIDS.” For information about auditions for these plays, as well dates for public performances, visit their website at www.ocsartscenter.org.
Photos courtesy of Dan Scofield