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Monday, November 29, 2004

First Weekend

So the first weekend of Dickens went swimmingly well. The ghost of Christmas Past swelled my head terribly on Sunday by saying "I love watching you act. That scene sends shivers down my spine." Yay! Only trouble was, I didn't dance nearly enough. Apparently, we Fezzis have an extra break this year, and that amounted to too much time off for my tastes. Next weekend, I'm going to stay through my break and dance more. I'm sick like that. Plus I need the exercise.

I came home both evenings with slightly sore feet, but feeling not the least bit exhausted. Last night I watched "A Christmas Carol - The Musical" with music composed by Alan Menken. And yes, it had an oddly Little Mermaid/Beauty and the Beast/Pocahontas quality to it. I don't know that it will become a "Christmas Classic" but it was entertaining enough. My one gripe is that they renamed my character from Belle to Emily. And there's no explanation as to why. Also, the renunciation scene in the book is far more powerful and critical to the story than what they did. She doesn't really tell Ebeneezer why she's breaking it off in this version. She just sort of does. In the original text, there's some important words there. There's a lot of extra fluff (like the part where she hopes the loss causes him pain), but there's also so much about his change and her feeling worthless in his eyes. Oh well. Can't win. They also made old Fezziwig a banker instead of a tea merchant. Odd choices. Ah well. That's the trouble with knowing the primary text too well.

Today, I'm off work, though I've been working for the last 3 hours. At least I didn't have to get dressed and go into the office. Plus, I got to watch "Christmas Festivals" that Tivo recorded for me. They did give a good sense of what Dickens is like. Very nice.

And now: laundry!


  • As far as versions of A Christmas Carol go, I much prefer the 1970 Scrooge, also a musical. Its musical arrangements, in my opinion, far outclass the thrown together Saturday Morning Cartoon arrangements presented by NBC. The sets and costuming are also much more lavish in the 1970 version. If you haven't seen it, you should.

    By Blogger wendy, at 5:38 PM  

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