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'Christmas Carol' brings out season's best

By PAT JENKINS

The Mirror

The holiday season is off to a rousing start in Federal Way with the opening of Centerstage Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

The timeless classic –– which continues at Knutzen Family Theater on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 11 –– is also a reality check. As artistic director Alan Bryce told the opening-night audience while introducing the show, just spend two hours watching the Centerstage performance if you want to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Bryce-penned and directed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale reminds the audience, through the crotchety central character of Ebeneezer Scrooge, that materialism and money mean nothing compared to love, family and compassion for others. It is, as Bryce has said, “a simple meditation on what it is to be human.”

“Carol” is the largest production in Centerstage’s 27-year history, and the effort is well-executed.

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