The cast of A Christmas Carol, Photo Jenny Graham
A Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota
When I turned onto 2nd Street in Minneapolis, as I’ve done hundreds of times, my eyes unexpectedly filled with tears. Seeing the Guthrie Theater’s bright lights shining again, feeling the familiar feeling of excitement, and at the same time, the rush of emotions of what we all have been through filled my heart. It was a big lump of hope in my throat. It’s been 616 days since the Wurtele Thrust Stage went dark, and she is back.
Above Photos Tracy Blowers
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Lavina Jadhwani, directed by Joseph Haj at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, runs through December 27, 2021. Do you ever wonder what might have been or what could be? A Christmas Carol reminds us that every passing moment is a chance to change or shift our circumstances.
Ebenezer Scrooge is stuck in a miserable cycle. He’s isolated himself, believing that he is happier when he is alone until this Christmas Eve when three ghosts visit him. One from the past, present, and future. The spirits show Scrooge through memories and realities what will happen if he stays on this course and doesn’t open his heart. As each spirit takes him on a journey, Scrooge begins to see clearly, and shows a desire to transform.
For the first time since 2010, the Guthrie updated the production including new scenic, costume, prop, lighting and sound designs. We really enjoyed this adaption and the updates. It felt right. Simplified and scaled down, like an ease back which highlighted the story even more. The warm mood of the lighting (Yi Zhao), the intricate costume design (Toni-Leslie James), and the talented cast narrating the story as they moved seamlessly around the stage had me mesmerized. There is still wonderful singing including Christmas carols, dancing, humor, ghosts flying, and startles. Scenic Designer (Matt Saunders) did an amazing job adding a fresh view into the world of Scrooge. Speaking of Scrooge, we thought Matthew Saldivar, filled the shoes perfectly, and his comedic timing is fantastic.
Ultimately, Scrooge realizes that sharing his life with others is what brings him joy. I think that is what overwhelmed my heart when I turned down 2nd Street. There was a time of isolation but we are coming back together as a community.
“It is certainly true of this ghost story of Christmas, which reminds us each holiday season that we are not just responsible for ourselves but also for our neighbors.” – Joseph Haj
You can buy tickets to this timely holiday tale HERE.
Remember, keep searching for what stirs your soul. ❤️