Review: Scrooge at the Shelley Theatre
YOU know you’re onto a winner, when you wake up humming the songs from the night before. Like the three spirits that visit Ebenezer Scrooge, this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, will stay with you long after the final curtain.
Set amidst the period grandeur of the beautiful Shelley Theatre, you can well imagine the ghosts of previous audiences also sitting down to enjoy this timeless festive treat.
Ginger Boy Productions is owned by local West End star Earl Carpenter and the man himself also makes a terrifying appearance as the ghost of Jacob Marley via some very clever digital CGI trickery. Scrooge is played with real pathos by seasoned actor Bruce McIntosh and supported by a handful of exceptionally gifted adult character actors.
Though the real stars of the show are the hardworking youth cast that featured a multitude of specially chosen local performers, all under the direction of Jo Barrington the former head of performing arts at Bournemouth and Poole College.
The musical play in two acts stays faithful to the classic storyline, but is also fizzing with irresistible song, dance and puppetry. The show also really succeeds at cleverly telling a ghost story in a way that won’t frighten any children in the audience.
The spirits who appear through Scrooge don’t need to be spooky to us, and they’re not. They just need to give Scrooge a scare in the right direction and they certainly do that.
The educational, fun and feel-good factor for Scrooge is sky high and it continues its run at the Shelley Theatre until December 24.
THE SCROOGE COMPANY
Rupert Barrington - Puppeteer and Ghost of Christmas Present
Earl Carpenter* - Marley
Alison Cox - Multiple Roles
Jonathan Davis - Multiple roles and understudy Scrooge
Chloe Hughes - The Ghost of Christmas Future and multiple roles & understudy
Tracey Taylor Jenkins - The Ghost of Christmas Past and multiple roles
Bruce McIntosh - Scrooge
Chloe Payne - The Ghost of Christmas Future and multiple roles & swing
Jamie Leigh Parker - Multiple roles & understudy
Sam Jenkinson - Young Scrooge and understudy
Freya Allen - Isabelle Angus - Phoebe Angus - Alfie Angus - Isabella Benezra - Matthew Benson - Faith Burgess - Thomas Clark - Lily Rose Clayton - Daisy Davis - Giles Doyle - Tara Doyle - Imogen Derham - Rhianna Derham - Bo Filler - Alicia Freed - Clementine Greenfield - Katie Hammond - Guy Hicks - Sienna Holmes - Tallulah Knight - Anna Lane - Hermione MacNab - Rose Moore - Daniel Northbrooke - Kitty Oldale - Bethany Pearce - Lola Rose Pearson - Bethany Philpott - Abigail Pope - Olivia Reeves - Poppy Rogers — Marni Savage - Kimberley Sayers - Olivia Shatwell - Ella Sweeney - Albert Van Der Feltz - Joe Weaver - Alex Whitmarsh.
*Not in person - Visual effect.
Jo Barrington - Director
Jille Tregarth - Music Director
Rupert Barrington - Company Manager
Chloe Brown - Deputy Stage Manager
Earl Carpenter - Producer, for and on behalf of Ginger Boy Productions Limited