Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - A Christmas Carol

We were not financially compensated for this post. We were given tickets to the Players Theatre production of A Christmas Carol for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own based on our experience.
What: A Christmas Carol

Where: The Players Theatre
            115 MacDougal Street
            New York, New York

When: November 30 - December 30 

Who: All ages
Our view: This is the third show we have seen at the Players Theatre and so far our favorite. It is a very well cast, well acted enjoyable show led by Eric Fletcher who plays Scrooge with just the right amount of gruffness and not enough to scare the young children in the audience. The musical numbers offer a nice blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar with a mix of original songs written for this production and well known Christmas Carols.  This is a particularly nice theater for children. The theater is a nice size not too tiny and cramped but not too overwhelmingly big either.  Children are made to feel welcome here. Noise is encouraged at least as far as it relates to what is going on in the play. Also, workshops are held an hour before every show on Sundays. During the workshop, the director, the musical director and one of the actors in the show talk to the audience about the show, and about theater in general and what goes into putting on a show. In this case, the actor who speaks to the audience before  before the show is actually Eric Fletcher himself, the star of the show. What a thrill for a young child to hear the star of the show they are about to see speaking with them before the show. Any child who is particularly interested in theater will really enjoy this pre-show talk. The talk is not so much a boring lecture as more of a give and take with the audience. Children are given the opportunity to feel smart and showoff what they know about the theater as well by volunteering to answer questions   After the pre-show talk, kids get to go up on stage and do an art project that is somehow related to the show. After the show, the cast is available for pictures and photographs in the lobby of the theater which provides another thrill for the children in the audience. However, even though the Players Theatre caters so well to the children in the audience, this does not mean that if you don't have a child with you, you will not enjoy the show. The show is still an entertaining new production of an old familiar story that everyone will enjoy. To order tickets to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/555. For more information about this production of A Christmas Carol or the Players Theatre in general go to http://www.theplayerstheatre.com/.


And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for more about the Players Theatre production of A Christmas carol.

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