Despite the heavy snowfall and treacherous roads, the Indiana Repertory Theatre welcomed a full house with sweet caroling this past weekend. Nothing could keep the crowds away from the IRT’s A Christmas Carol.
Even though the story is the same, the production is full of new elements. There is a new director, Richard J. Roberts, a new Scrooge, IRT favorite Ryan Artzberger, a new Marley, Robert Neal and a new Bob Cratchit, Jerry Richardson. Other roles featured seasoned performers who audiences have grown to love over the years.
Artzberger, who replaced the established Charles Goad as Scrooge, had some big shoes to fill. He’s a bit young to play the aged miser, but his joyful enthusiasm at the end of the show is wonderfully believable. I look forward to watching him settle into the role in future years.
As always the set, props, costumes and music are excellent. A Christmas Carol long ago found its groove and yet it manages to remain fresh each year. The supporting cast fleshes out the story beautifully. Each actor takes on a slew of characters and their performances are perfectly in synch. There is no weak link or tired part, the flow is crisp and the message strong, making each performance a delight.
The show is 90 minutes, with no intermission, perfect for both kids and adults to enjoy. The theatre’s Oh What Fun series adds a few additional delights to the performances, like live reindeer or the chance to roast marshmallows before the show. Visit the IRT’s website for a complete list of available events.
On a side note, the IRT always has a long spiel of sponsors to thank at the beginning of each performance and as you anticipate the play it’s easy to forget how amazing that really is. It’s so encouraging to be reminded of how businesses like OneAmerica, St. Vincent and others have supported the IRT for years, despite recessions and economic hardships. I’m proud to live in a city that values the arts so highly.
Don't Miss the Show
The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "A Christmas Carol" runs until Sunday, Dec. 26 on IRT's Main Stage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com
Photos Courtesy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre