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‘A Christmas Carol’ delights in Dillon

Kimberly Nicoletti
Summit County Correspondent
Summit Daily/Mark Fox
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DILLON, Colorado – Since Lake Dillon Theatre Company began as a true community theater 15 years ago, artistic director Chris Alleman wanted to open up roles to anyone in Summit County who wished to be involved. He ended up with more than 20 actors to fill the intimate stage, making it the largest scale community production the company has done in at least four or five years, Alleman said. He also invited founding member Lennie Singer to direct the show.

The resulting production is absolutely delightful.

Rich Mayfield adds an incredibly likable feel to his role as Ebenezer Scrooge. From the beginning, it’s fun to watch the former pastor of Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church “bah-humbug” Christmas, but as his character develops, it’s hard not to chuckle when “the Scrooge” shows honest surprise that people don’t like him, or when he complains, “I’m being haunted against my will.”

Ben Whitmore brings his usual strength to the production in his roles as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Ebenezer’s nephew. The show also features Don Parsons, Debbie Swartz, Sandi Willis, Ben Helmke, Matt Spaulding and other community members, including a host of children who do a splendid job – complete with English accents.

Beyond the heartwarming story of Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy, cranky old man to a compassionate human being imbued with the spirit of a young child, “A Christmas Carol” inspires the ears and eyes. Elaborate period costumes grace the stage, and antique props – including a real pot belly stove and hundred-year-old crutches for Tiny Tim – complement the mood. Portions of Christmas carols, sung in beautiful harmonies, further spread the holiday cheer.

The two-act play, split into 40 minute sections, moves at a nice pace – Romulus Linney cut away extraneous scenes when he adapted “A Christmas Carol” to the stage.

And, the piece couldn’t have been set in a more perfect location; Lake Dillon Theatre’s historic building acts as a charming host for an enchanting evening of community spirit.


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