Madi McEver, Campus Carrier Entertainment Editor
Berry College Theatre Company’s 2nd annual Christmas production, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” opens on Thursday, Dec. 5. This imaginative twist on Charles Dickens’ classis novel is an entertaining and poignant tale that challenges the audience to think about what is most important in their lives.
Unlike the original story, this version features Jacob Marley, rather than the traditional Ebenezer Scrooge as the protagonist. This interpretation is performed in a style known as “story theatre” that involves characters switching between narration and dialogue. This makes for a very dynamic story that allows the audience to use a good bit of imagination to fill in details that are left unspecified.
The story is set in 19th century England, where Jacob Marley is left to wrestle with the consequences of his unkind life actions upon his death. He is assigned a quirky partner, known as “the bogle” to help guide him through his journey of self-actualization. When Marley finds that he is unhappy with where he is, he is given the quest to change the cold heart of his former business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge.
As the story progresses, Marley is forced to reflect on the person that he was and decide who he truly desires to be, even if it means sacrificing his pride.
Though the story has a meaningful message, the witty moments and warmth of the Christmas season still shine through.
“I love how it turns any audience member into a child again,” senior Spencer Miller said. “The audience is more involved in this show than any other show.”
Even with a cast of only six people, this production captured a sort of cheerful energy that was felt by the audience and actors alike.
“The small cast size really helped us build friendships,” freshman Jessica Gross said. “With each person having so many lines, it is good that we are all supportive of each other.”
All of the actors demonstrate excellent versatility in this particular production, as they are able to switch between characters in a matter of seconds by changing their tone, emotion, or wardrobe.
“We had a good time working on it,” Director John Countryman said.
This production is different than usual, as donations to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital will be accepted in lieu of the usual ticket price. Catered deserts and visits with Santa will be provided with any donation of $10 or more. Visiting Professor Richard Bristow encourages everyone to take a break from the busyness that the end of the semester brings and come see this fun performance.