The effects and staging of A Christmas Carol are both haunting and extraordinary. Besides the imposing Ghost of Christmas Future, Marley’s face appearing in a door, as well as his rising up from the floor, are very well done. The moon, in various phases, lights up the night, and snow falls from the sky magically. The lighting and sound effects build up a great sense of ill-boding anticipation, leaving the audience excited to see what will appear next. Patrick Mullins has done a wonderful job adapting and directing this Christmas classic.
Not only is the play itself wonderful, the whole experience immerses the audience in the holiday spirit. The lobby is beautifully decorated with sparkling Christmas trees. The theatre itself is illuminated in red with giant snowflakes projected onto the ceiling prior to the start of the show. Seeing A Christmas Carol, then perhaps taking a stroll around Norfolk to enjoy the holidays lights, is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
A Christmas Carol is playing at the Wells Theatre in downtown Norfolk until Christmas Eve. Tickets $25-$55. For more information, click here.