Scrooge comes to Williamsburg, is haunted by puppets and musical numbers

Each year, Williamsburg’s stately aura of perfectly hung wreaths and picturesque shop windows gets a jolt of silliness: a goofy rendition of the timeless Dickens holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” pops up downtown in Merchant’s Square. It’s unbelievably quick (30 minutes), put on by only two people (plus a few audience participants), and always attracts a crowd.

Christmas Carol backlit

The setup is like a life-size Polly Pocket theater- the back and sides all open up and presto, there’s a stage, complete with lights, a set that transforms itself into multiple sets, and even a backstage somehow. Oh! And there’s puppets, for you Muppet Christmas Carol fans.

Christmas Carol Scrooge with puppets 2

The title role is played by Ed Whitacre (a Master Thespian, mind you). He is probably the most over-the-top Scrooge I have ever seen- and it fits the production perfectly. Mark Lerman does everything else, including playing multiple roles (and genders) and controlling the set.

The production this year is a musical (insert jazz hands here!!). So besides puppets and a zany Scrooge, just to make it more ridiculous, there are musical numbers peppered throughout (you may recognize songs from The Pirates of Penzance and Phantom of the Opera, among other musicals).

Christmas Carol from side 2

Now, if you get there early and get a spot up front, you could be picked to participate!

The two people on the left are awaiting their instructions for their roles - a Christmas turkey and an errand boy - from Scrooge and his maid (he made a GREAT turkey btw!)

The two people on the left are awaiting their instructions for their roles – a Christmas turkey and an errand boy – from Scrooge and his maid (he made a GREAT turkey btw!)

I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned that this is free yet, but- it is! The schedule is 5pm Fridays, 3:30 and 5pm Saturdays and Sundays. This Saturday, there’s an extra performance at 2pm on Saturday.

I’ll leave you with a video and more pics. But don’t forget to check out the real thing this weekend or next! As always, more things to do in the calendar. Have a great one, everybody-

Christmas Carol Scrooge and ghost 2

Christmas Carol Scrooge with tombstone

Christmas Carol Scrooge 4

Week Peek: Nov 18-23

There is a lot of cool stuff happening this week! But I can’t get to it all here- check out the calendar for even more stuff.


Tonight

BW3Beer & Wings at Buffalo Wild Wings- Tuesday, 6:30 pm

This is put on by a new Meetup Group, New to Williamsburg. Sounds like a good way to meet new people!


tree_grows_in_brooklyn_xlgA Tree Grows in Brooklyn at the Williamsburg Library – Wednesday, 7pm – FREE

Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s. 


Featured Event this week!

TANThursday Adventure Night

From their Facebook page: “Join other young adults (18-35 years old) for an adventure every Thursday at 6pm in Williamsburg!” From past events, they usually meet at 6pm at the Martins on Monticello for dinner, then head out to wherever they’re going. The last two weeks they had Arcade Game Night at Great Wolf Lodge and a Geocache Dash. They haven’t yet posted what this week’s adventure will be, but I will be there to cover it for the blog, so feel free to join me!


CW Art CraftColonial Williamsburg Employee Arts & Crafts Show– Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm- Free to browse

There are a lot of talented people that work at CW- you can buy everything here from ornaments to paper crafts to jewelry, just lots of stuff. Think of it like an in-person Etsy! Great for holiday shopping.


Y’all have a GREAT TIME this week! And please check out the calendar for other things going on that I didn’t get to here- free yoga Wednesday night (both vinyasa and laughter yoga), an acoustic jam, State of the City Address, and a free VSO Woodwind Quintet concert, among other things.

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Free Classes at Berrybody Yoga

This week I checked out the free community class at Berrybody Yoga in Merchant’s Square on Prince George Street. It’s in the basement of Berrybody Yogurt, so you occasionally hear people upstairs- but it was pretty quiet during the Wednesday class.

I found out about the free classes here at a 2nd Sunday Art Festival. A young woman was sitting at a booth outside the studio and was handing out coupons for a free class anytime and schedules that featured a free class on Wednesday nights. Fast forward to last Wednesday, when I show up for the class, and lo and behold there is the same woman! It turns out her name is Brittany, and she was our teacher for the evening.

Isn't she cute?

Brittany, our instructor. Isn’t she cute?

The schedule is always posted above the stairwell.

The schedule is always posted above the stairwell.

The class was good, and a great introductory class for those who haven’t done much yoga. Brittany really walked us through everything, and offered hands-on adjustments (which are SUPER valuable at any point in your practice). Personally, I thought it was a pretty good workout. I mean, I wasn’t sweating or anything, but my thighs were definitely burning from all those crescent lunges and chair poses!

They have all the equipment you need there.

They have all the equipment you need.

The only criticism I would offer was that there were times when I couldn’t quite hear what she was saying (most of the time I could hear fine, though). The class ended with us laying down and she came and gave us lavender-scented (!) washcloths to put over our faces. That was super-nice, but be warned that she puts it down next to your head, so you need to put it on yourself. I only realized I had a washcloth next to me when I opened my eyes. I really dug her choice of music during class, though- it was this eclectic mix of popular songs, RJD2, Budos Band, and some vaguely South Asian-style music.

The class was pretty crowded, as you’d expect for a free class. There were probably 20 people there. Unfortunately, about 5 of them arrived after the start time, and between them being late and having to fill out paperwork, we started late. So if you go, please be considerate to your classmates and get there a little bit early so you can fill out the waiver form and be ready to start the class on time.

Brittany let us know that this class will be free for the rest of November (no class the night before Thanksgiving) and will go up to $5 in December. After that, they’re not sure yet what the price will be, but there will still be a class. I’ll try to keep the calendar updated accordingly.

This class was a great one for beginners, but as someone who practices yoga semi-regularly, I got something out of it, too. If you like it, check out their other classes- their prices are pretty reasonable. You can also buy a punch card for classes that never expires.

I would definitely go back to this class. Brittany is a sweetheart, and it was neat being there with so many other people. Namaste, y’all!

All ready for your practice!

All ready for your practice!

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