Monday, December 11, 2006

Bah! Humbug!

With those words, one knows immediately that one is talking about the most famous piece of Christmas fiction ever written, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. While it is hard to avoid bumping into a version on stage, screen or printed page at this time of year, I come to lead you to enjoyable versions of all three.

For stage, try and take in a performance at the Glendale Centre Theatre of their production of A Christmas Carol. I was fortunate enough to see this on Friday and heartily recommend it to everyone. Judging by the large number of children in the audience, it is also a wonderful piece of theatrical entertainment to use as a child's first play.

For the printed page, I am reading my copy of the novel that is illustrated by the award winning illustrator, Trina Shart Hyman who's beautiful colored drawings make this an edition to look forward to reading year after year.

Finally, while the role of Ebenezer Scrooge has been played by many, I am very fond of the TV movie version starring George C. Scott's Emmy Award nominated take on the old miser. Scrooge allows Scott to utilize his gravel voiced growl as a weapon of intimidation that make his Scrooge hugely entertaining and his eventual redemption all the better to view.

In any format, A Christmas Carol still is one of the best Christmas season entertainments that you can enjoy and I hope you will find one to your liking.

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