We all know Ebenezer Scrooge as that coldhearted, holiday-hating penny-pincher in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” But Dan Revell, who plays the mean ol’ Scrooge in the Sioux City Community Theatre’s stage adaptation of the classic tale, said he’s not at all like the shrewd character -- he loves Christmas.
And he really enjoys the story of “A Christmas Carol.” Revell admitted he owns several copies and iterations of the 1843 novella.
“The one that I keep asking for and never get for Christmas is the one with George C. Scott,” Revell said of the 1984 television film. “That’s the one that was always on TV.”
His two favorite versions are “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) and the animated motion-capture “A Christmas Carol” (2009). Revell enjoyed the performances of Scrooge by Michael Caine and Jim Carrey in both of those films. When it came time to develop his own version of the widely recognizable character, Revell found inspiration in Caine’s approach, especially in the character’s transformation toward the end.
“It's kind of a gradual [change] throughout the play,” he said. “You can see the softer side of him eventually coming out, especially after he’s seen the stuff in his past and some of those unpleasant memories he had.”
Much like the book, the theatrical version of “A Christmas Carol” delves into Scrooge’s transformation from a bitter old man to a much kinder and generous person after being visited by the spirit of his former business partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
The Sioux City Community Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” debuted Dec. 10 and will continue its run from Thursday (Dec. 17) to Sunday (Dec. 20) at the 1401 Riverside Blvd. theater.
Production for the show began in November. Revell said the cast and crew ran into a few complications -- mainly, snowstorms -- during the making of the play.
“There were some key moments that we missed out on and what would have been extra rehearsal time,” he said. “But in spite of those obstacles we had, I think it’s all come together very nicely.”
Apart from the title, Revell said the story of “A Christmas Carol” is remembered more during the holidays because of its message of encouraging morality.
“It brings out a little more of our good side because it’s that time of year where you feel like you want to be nicer to people and help people out,” said Revell. “You see how nasty and awful [Scrooge] is in the beginning. By the end, even he was able to be turned around and have his redemption.
“And it shows no matter how nasty somebody can be, the feeling of benevolence and warmth and cheer can be transferred to anybody.”