A Christmas Carol Delights at A Noise Within

Theatre review

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | SouthPasadenan.com | Rafael Goldstein as Fred, toasts his Uncle Scrooge played by Geoff Elliott, with partygoers in the Christmas Present scenes of A Christmas Carol at A Noise Within

A Noise Within continues a tradition of bringing us A Christmas Carol like no other. Innovative in every aspect of the production from the lush set design and the sumptuous, nature based costumes to the use of music and singing, this show offers a feast for the senses.

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | SouthPasadenan.com | Geoff Elliott as Scrooge with Deborah Strang as the Ghost of Christmas Past

From the start, with the use of a narrator reading from the Dickens book, the audience senses that they will be taken on a journey and indeed, one is completely swept up by Scrooge’s long night of ghosts from the past, present and future. Taking on the role of the narrator is an elegant and dynamic Frederick Stuart and Geoff Elliott gives a virtuoso performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. His giddiness upon realizing he’s survived the night is infectious. Elliott has wonderful chemistry with Rafael Goldstein as Scrooge’s nephew and the two create a touching and meaningful reunion.

Some of the most whimsical moments come from Deborah Strang’s scenes as the frothy, angelic ghost of Christmas past while the entire Cratchit family creates one of the most poignant scenes when we see a future without Tiny Tim. There really is no better way to celebrate the season than with an exquisite retelling of A Christmas Carol and this one is simply not to be missed.

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | SouthPasadenan.com |
Cast at Fezziwig’s Party in the Christmas Past of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is now on stage through Dec. 23 at A Noise Within located at on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107.

Call  (626) 356-3100 or visit  www.anoisewithin.org. Tickets start at $25

Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.

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