Directed by Hana S. Sharif
After graduating from Webster University in May, I'm back on campus but this time with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' production of A Christmas Carol! Under the visionary guidance of Hana Sharif, this production stretches what this classic story can be. Over the past month and change, we've been digging into the humanity of this classic story and
the amount of heart found in the script and the room has been magical. In a time when we all face so much isolation and the question of the greater good is at the forefront of our current situation, this show is exactly what we need this holiday season.
I was playing double-duty in this production as Belle, Scrooge's long-lost love, and Fred's Wife (who I affectionately named Clara after the characterization in what many consider the definitive adaptation: A Muppet's Christmas Carol). Both were a lesson in finding new depths in a character that has been around for ages, and in very little time. The vignette-like nature of this story and this adaptation gives the audience a few moments to fall in love with and understand the pieces of Scrooge's life that lead him and us to the redemption we all know so well.
It was an honor to be surrounded by artists who have been around the block. Working alongside them was a masterclass every single day and joyful every minute.
I cannot wait to see what happens with this production in the future.