The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

BLT Opens New Season In A New Place
With Intriguing Comedy

A review by
William Mashburn

Brevard Little Theatre is presenting a sequel to Charles Dickens' “A
Christmas Carol” titled “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” in its new home at
the American Legion Hall.  This is a delightful fantasy-comedy, to be sure,
but at first one may wonder what playwright Mark Brown is doing with and to
the beloved Dickens' characters.  However, an over-the-top surprise ending
vindicates the playwright.

The strength of this play is the laudable direction by Marjorie Megivern and
the quality of the acting.  Bob Stacy does the heavy lifting with the role of
Ebenezer Scrooge and does it very well.  Jim Keely is appropriately
authoritarian in role of the judge, Gregory Dickens is wonderful in the dual
roles of Bob Cratchit and the Ghost of the Future, and Bob Baldridge again
plays with zest an attorney for the defense.  The remarkable actor Dan
Clancy does a very professional job with the role of Scrooge's nephew, Fred,
and as the Translator for the Ghost of the Future.  Giving unique
personalities to their characters are Janet Foote as Mrs. Cratchit and Belle,
JoAnn Crawford as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Sonia Arnold as Scrooge's
sister, Fan, and Mrs. Dilber and Marjorie Megivern as Sara Wainwright.
Doug Huth does an especially creditable job with the role of Marley, and Max
Bernson is very funny as the bailiff.

This play will demand your complete attention while giving you lots of laughs
to light up your holiday season.

Remaining performances are Friday, December 19, Saturday, December 20,
both at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 pm.  All performances
take place at the American Legion Hall, located at 55 East Jordan Street in
downtown Brevard.  Tickets are available at the ticket office behind
TCARTS, on south Caldwell Street, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to
1 pm, or you may make reservations by calling (828) 884-2587.
Published in The Transylvania Times, Monday, December 15, 2008