A Christmas Carol - The Musical

Date 29th November 2013
Society Hilltop Theatre Company
Venue Pentyrch Village Hall
Director Jan Stapleton / Tim Driscoll
Musical Director Linda Coombes
Choreographer Laura Hallas, Carla Gambarini

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Author: Ralph Thomas

I am always impressed by actors who take on such challenging roles as Scrooge or Fagin. The dedication and commitment needed to pull these parts off is self evident, however direct the show  as well is a major achievement, so well done Tim Driscoll!
Hilltop are one of the most welcoming companies I visit on my travels . Tonight's production opened with a full company number "Half a Day to Christmas "  which epitomises the ethos and excitement this company exude on the stage. A full and receptive audience  were treated to fine performances from Liam Daily , Phil Davies and Mike Beavan who doubled up as The Ghost of Christmas Present and  wine swigging school master, a part he adopted just three days before opening night ! Well done!
The set was very well thought out and managed, and while there were issues with the sound in the first act; this did not distract from Hilltops delivery of a very festive production. As a show It was the first time for me to see James Woods adaptation and I felt musically the book is lacking, it is  Charles  Dickens text and humour which carries this version.
A fine band under the direction of Linda Coombes, who will direct Hilltops next production Blood Brothers, don't miss it ! Are there any limits to her talent? I thoroughly enjoyed the show which moved at pace. The Cratchits Kitchen scene was well executed so well done one and all ! Thank you for the festive kick off of 2013. God bless you every one!