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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 28, 2014 at 9:27 PM

ACT’s ageless “Carol” wins over a new fan

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Sketched Nov. 26, 2014

Somehow I missed the details of “A Christmas Carol” when I studied Dickens in grade-school in Spain — I was probably too busy reading “Don Quixote.”

This week, however, I was fully introduced to Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come during a dress rehearsal at the ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle.

Opening Sunday and running through Dec. 28, ACT’s production of the holiday classic is a fast-paced, 90-minute performance that unfolds from the round stage of the Allen Theatre, one of just a few of its kind in the country. Actors enter the scene from the bleachers, from side tunnels and through the floor.

The play at ACT is in its 39th consecutive season and now that I’ve seen it and sketched it, I can see the reason for its success. Actor Peter Crook, one of two who alternate in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, said it’s a timeless story of forgiveness and redemption that never gets old.

“It reminds you it’s possible to be a good person and carry Christmas in your heart all year round.”

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Here are more sketches I drew during the rehearsal and colored later.
Do they bring back memories from watching the play?

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