Themain idea for the play is to show people the importance of family andsociety as a whole. It reminds people of the importance of Christmasand the things, we forget because we are so wrapped up in our careersor businesses. It teaches us the importance of spending time withfamily, friends, and helping those in need.
Theplay was everything that I had imagined before attending. It wasimpeccably performed with the characters clad in Elizabethan eragarments. The thing that captured and maintained my interest was thedecorations used in decorating the theater as it set the mood forChristmas. The way the stage rotated gave one the image of howScrooge was going back in time and re-living his past. The props usedin presenting the ghosts were outstanding, and it was as if realghosts were on stage. The second ghost hovered over the audience andgave the show a fun touch.
Theshow starts with Scrooge in his counting-shop with his clerk BobCratchit on a cold afternoon. Fred, Scrooges nephew comes in toinvite him to a Christmas party, and when he wishes him MerryChristmas, he replies angrily, Bah! Humbug! Two shabbily dressed mensteps in begging for contribution and Scrooge throws them out. Whenhe closes shop and returns to his apartment, a ghost of his partner,Jacob Marley looking haggard and dressed in tattered clothes pays hima visit. He tells him how he was condemned to wander the earth due tohis greediness and self-serving nature when he was alive, and hishope was to save Scrooge from the same fate. He informs him thatthree spirits will visit him and off he disappears.
Thefirst ghost takes us through Scrooge childhood and previousChristmases the show gives us an idea that Scrooge was not always abad person. He was once a pleasant and happy man who in reality isheartbroken for being alienated from his family and what made thisworse was the rejection from Belle, the young woman he loved with allhis heart. The harsh treatment from his loved ones made him bitterand he reciprocated it to others, instead of treating them the way hewished to be treated.
Thesecond ghost takes him to the present Christmas, first to BobCratchit family where he is touched by Tiny Tim kindness andhumility. Then to his nephew’s party and after witnessing all themerry and fun the people are having, he begs to stay until the end.As I was observing the audience, everyone was emotionally touchedmyself included. I noticed people pulling out hundred dollar billsand placing them in the envelopes given out by the K-crep group fordonations. They achieved this by showing the people the sensitive andemotional Scrooge.
Thethird ghost takes him to the future, shows him how relieved peopleare after his death. These events make him remorseful and want tochange his ways. They showed him renouncing his insensitive, selfishways and taking instant action to transform. He greeted everyone inthe neighborhood and was instantaneously charitable. At the end ofthe show, everyone was taking out the envelopes and placing donationsin high spirits. This is evidence that they were able to pass theintended message.