As a little girl, Jacob Marley terrified me so much that I had to cover my eyes and sleep with the lights on. I, also, secretly wished to be one of the little girls that got to dance in the aisle at intermission.
Although I never got to dance in the aisles of Capitol Civic Center in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, several years later I finally got a crack at "The Carol." It was at the Historic Pabst Theatre as an Intern at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. I played Martha Crachit (who in that year's production staged a pagent with her Crachit siblings!) and played my cello in the lobby before and after the show with a fellow intern.
Yesterday, a dozen years after my first Christmas Carol, we closed the run of A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre. In doing so, I can't help but reflect on the many incarnations of this story that I have gotten to help tell - seven total. It has been a theatrical thread that has woven its way through my life and has brought with it so many amazing friendships and incredible memories.
After all this time, I am still moved by this story of redemption and I still gasp the first time I see Marley appear.
The Hale Center Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah - 2006
The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre - Milwaukee, WI - 2012
The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre -2013