IF YOU GO
• What: “A Christmas Carol”
• When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Runs through Dec. 18.
• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville
• Cost: $15 per person
• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre...>
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Bah, humbug. For the fifth year in a row, Aurora Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez takes on his most challenging role of the year: playing every character in Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol."
"Although it is a daunting task taking on this production, it inspires me the entire holiday season," Rodriguez said.
The classic holiday tale is about Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy business man who doesn't believe in the Christmas spirit -- or anything good, for that matter. He is warned to change his ways by a former business partner, Jacob Marley, who died seven years before.
When Scrooge doesn't listen to his old friend, he is visited by three other ghosts who try to show him the true meaning of life. He wakes up from the long night with a fire in his heart -- Scrooge feels compassion and kindness toward every man, woman and child again and celebrates Christmas with his nephew.
Rodriguez portrays Scrooge, Bob Cratchit (Scrooge's unpaid clerk), Marley and the Christmas ghosts of Past, Present and Yet to Come through storytelling, using only his voice and movements to give each character distinct personalities and specific traits.
"This year, I get to do this show for Gwinnett County students in a series of weekday matinees," he said. "My gift to the students will be similar to Scrooge's revelation -- the greatest gift we can receive is the joy of giving."
The play shows in the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Studio on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The last show runs on Dec. 18.