Over the weekend, Husband and I had the pleasure of seeing A Christmas Carol at the Player’s Theatre in Greenwich Village. I was pretty pumped to see a Christmas play, especially such a classic one, so we hopped on a train to the artsy side of town. The theatre is located between several little bars and restaurants, but it was impossible to miss, thanks to the carolers.
Literally Alive is this really awesome and creative children’s theatre company that encourages reading by bringing books to life through art, dance, music and puppetry. Don’t you love them already? A Christmas Carol is playing five times a week until December 30th.
The theatre itself was small and cozy (every seat is a good one). It had a very neighborhood feel as we entered, checked in, and a friendly woman showed us to our seats. In fact, it felt like a very specific neighborhood…my favorite fictitious neighborhood, Stars Hollow.
Everything about the theatre and show made me feel like I had stepped into an episode of Gilmore Girls. The costumes looked like Lorelei’s handiwork. Luke obviously built the set. The choreography was all Miss Patty. Kirk probably directed the show and starred as Ebenezer Scrooge. I swear even Babette was sitting right behind me! I could not have been happier.
The play began with two funny actors who welcomed us with dramatic British accents and excellent comedic timing. The actress who greeted us turned out to be our favorite out of the entire show. Just look at all of her facial expressions!
The music and sound effects were all performed by three percussionist who not only played the score, but used various props to replicate specific sounds, like the chains of Jacob Marley.
The show is meant for children so we expected the silly jokes and familiar songs, but it wasn’t all puppies and snowflakes. The ghost of “Christmas Yet to Come” had me shakin’ in my boots as he floated across the dark stage. I suppose that is the point of this last ghost though.
The show was a perfect combination of cheesy and charming. When it ended the entire cast lined the aisles to wish us a “Merry Christmas” and “God bless us, every one!” It was impossible to leave without feeling cheerful. We literally wakled to the train singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas! (We are also the perfect combination of cheesy and charming.)
If you are interested in seeing A Christmas Carol you can buy tickets here. It is playing at the Players Theatre at 115 MacDougal St. Also, every 11am show includes a free one-hour interactive arts workshop where everyone learns how the show was created.
Big thanks to Literally Alive for sponsoring this post!
Enjoy the show!