The term “Scrooge” has come to describe one who is miserly, cheap and uncaring, but that’s not who Ebenezer Scrooge really is, according to actor Larry Cahn. And he should know — he’s taking on the role.
“Who Scrooge is is who you see at the end, not the beginning,” Cahn said. “Who he is when we first see him is an aberration, a bitter, lonely old soul that has experienced loss after loss.”
Cahn is bringing his take on the character to the Arvada Center’s stage in “A Christmas Carol — The Musical.” The show runs at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through Dec. 22., at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Broadway musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic story features a score by legend Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. All the well-known characters make an appearance in the show: Bob Cratchit (Aaron Vega), Jacob Marley (Wayne Kennedy), the Ghost of Christmas Past (Megan Van De Hey), and of course, the effervescent Tiny Tim (Kieran O’Brien).
“Tiny Tim is the kid everyone loves because he’s the nicest character on earth, and is never really sad,” explained the 9-year-old O’Brien. “Tim is open to everything and blocks out the bad.”
Directed by Gavin Mayer, Cahn describes the show as “being shot out of a cannon and going through every aspect of show business” — tap, ballet, song and dance numbers, comedy and even a little bit of horror. But throughout the different styles, the themes remain true throughout the show — forgiveness and family.
“This is a story about redemption and discovering your own true self, and during Christmas people are more apt to think about these things,” Cahn said. “This is a version for families that is about embracing your family. In that way, it’s universal.”
While most of us haven’t been visited by spirits, everybody can relate to making mistakes and seeking absolution through better behavior and kinder treatment.
“Even if you don’t have the best past, there’s always the chance to change and become a better person,” O’Brien said. “It just shows that anyone can be a nice person.”
For details and tickets, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org/on-stage/a-christmas-carol-the-musical-2019.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Turnover at the Gothic Theatre
Classifying Virginia’s Turnover as alt-rock is too general to do the group justice. Their 2017 album “Good Nature,” is one of the prettiest rock records I’ve come across, blending emo with jazz dreaminess and that somehow make everything sound romantic. It doesn’t hurt that it features blissed-out lyrics like, “I was thinking you could love a song that I hate/I’d still play it for you.”
The group released their newest effort “Altogether,” at the beginning of the month, and its another stunningly lovely entry in their discography. In support of the album, they’ll be joined by Men I Trust and Renata Zeiguer at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway in Englewood.
Visit www.axs.com for tickets.
‘Sully’ to receive 2019 Spreading Wings Award
Wings Over the Rockies will present Captain “Sully” Sullenberger with the 2019 Spreading Wings Award at its annual gala on at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd. in Denver.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” where Sullenberger and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME’s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour.
In addition to a special presentation by Sullenberger, there will also be food and drink, as well as a celebration of Wings contributions to Colorado’s aerospace community, according to provided information.
For tickets and more information, visit www.WingsMuseum.org/Gala.
Have an unsinkable Christmas
The Molly Brown House Museum is kicking off the 2019 holiday season with its celebration, “The Browns’ Happiest Christmas.” The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 14, and 21 at Brown’s newly-restored historic house, 1340 Pennsylvania St. in Denver.
The family-friendly event takes visitors back to the Victorian era for crafts, games and refreshments, and Santa himself will also be stopping by. Volunteers will be on hand to share the stories behind cherished Christmas traditions, and the Brown family, while visitors check out the traditional decorations.
Call 303-832-4092, extension 16, or visit www.mollybrown.org for tickets.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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