We always know that the holiday season will soon be here when we start to see advertisements for productions of A Christmas Carol. While there are many places to see the play performed on Long Island, the production at the John W. Engeman Theater is performed by professional actors pulled from New York City’s vast talent pool.
The main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, was played by Wilbur Edwin Henry. He was truly the embodiment of the character. His dislike of everyone and everything, as well as all the trappings of Christmas, came across plainly. It was not just in the words that he spoke, but in his actions, facial expressions and mannerisms.
The rest of the cast was equally as good, even the child actors. However, the person who stole the show was the character of Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge’s housekeeper portrayed by Kenneth Boys. While Mrs. Dilber wasn’t in many scenes, she brought hilarity to the few that she was in.
This version of A Christmas Carol is an adaptation to Mr. Dickens version. It actually has a subtitle, The Ghost Story of Christmas.
In this production, not only are there the three main ghosts, but other prominent ghosts from history make an appearance as well as the ghost of someone important from Scrooge’s past. There are also some disturbing ghostly sounds during the production.
I took two teenagers with me to the show and they enjoyed it. That said, I would definitely recommend the show for children 12 and over. The Dickens’ prose will be harder for younger children to follow and some of the ghostly sounds and appearances would probably be frightening to them.
Tickets for the show are $65 per person. The show will be performed Wednesday through Sunday until January 6. Performance times vary by day. For more information on performance times, please visit engemantheater.com.
John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street