From left, Vanessa Wary as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Stephen Trasler as Ebenezer Scrooge, David Jowitt as Young Ebenezer and Anna Ouston as Eleanor. Picture by Laura Holme.
STAGE REVIEW ST LAWRENCE Village Players’ production of A Christmas Carol provided a delightful post-Christmas tonic last weekend.
Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from cruel miser to generous benefactor, thanks to the revelations of ghosts past, present and future, was entertaining and uplifting.
Stephen Trasler was convincing as Ebenezer Scrooge, the epitome of misery and meanness.
His brilliant performance was supported by a superb, polished cast, each player taking several roles.
Rising star David Jowitt was excellent as Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, and other characters.
Another strong performance came from John Woodford, as the Ghost of Christmas Present. The Ghost of Christmas Past was played in beautiful, ethereal fashion by Vanessa Wary, who is equally talented as both a dancer and actress.
Young Daniel Harris, playing the crippled child, Tiny Tim, was very brave to sing a solo of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
Pam Cranefield’s comic turn as the drunken pie seller was hilarious.
The show was directed by Bill King, who had adapted Dickens’s classic for the stage.
He succeeded in crafting a fast-moving play, which kept the audience spellbound.
The venue, St Lawrence Village Hall, is one of the Island’s tiniest theatres and the space was used skillfully, with crowd scenes taking place in front of the stage.
Congratulations to the director and cast for showing that excellent things do come in small packages.