‘A Christmas Carol’ an impressive performance

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent
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Clockwise (from left to right): Aidan Myers-Moran (Scrooge); Grant Rowley (Young Scrooge); and Wyatt Halleen (Boy Scrooge) pose for a photo. [Nick Chester / Times-News correspondent

Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” puts a new spin on the story that many know and love.
   Directed by Rachel Ealy, the show features elaborate costumes and impressive accents.
   The play opens with a grandfather (Daniel Brasington) telling his grandson (Paul Stansberry) a story, which while different from the original tale, has vivid and interesting comparisons.
   Aidan Myers-Moran (Scrooge) had many intense scenes throughout the play, and they started from the beginning of the performance.
   Charlie Vaughan (Marley) truly embraced his role and made it comical, which lightened the mood, while still keeping the intense scene frightful and serious.
   The Ghosts of Past, Present and Future, all played different characters. With Christmas Past (Savannah Blackburn) being a cheerful, young spirit showing Scrooge how happy things used to be, before his fiancé, Belle, (Ava Halleen) left him.
   Katherine Pernell (Christmas Present) stole the show with her sassy demeanor. Her character was sarcastic, quick-witted and entertaining.
   Christmas Past was a major highlight of the show. Ava Halleen played this spirit that easily won best costume. Her expression of the character and its presence were eerie and excellent.
   Grant Rowley (Young Scrooge) expressed a well-played and dramatic role of a young man experiencing the consequences of his actions, which led to him losing his one true love.
    The play’s characters made use of the entire front of the house at the Paramount Theater as they entered and exited the stage and made their way through the audience, which only added to the performance. The lighting was dramatic and the performers were easily heard and understood because of the technical team and actors’ efforts.
    There are lessons to be learned and many moments of drama and tenderness throughout the play. It is a must-see for the holiday season.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14-15 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. TIckets are $9 per person and can be purchased at etix.com; www.burlingtonnc.gov/paramount; and by calling 800-514-3849 or by visiting the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and one hour prior to showtime. For more details, call 336-222-8497.
Lily Pope is a home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer. 
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