Christmas Spirit at Gaslight Baker
The seasonal charm of the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart is undeniable – a bucolic winter post-card for community theatre in Central Texas that re-animates a space home to vaudeville acts of the 1920’s, it is a perfect setting for a Christmas-time visit by Ebenezer Scrooge. “The Trial” is a delightful sequel to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Notable in this production of Mark Brown’s play is the pleading, ethereal voice of Arthur DiBianca in the role of Jacob Marley, Ebenezer’s dead business associate. Derek Smootz shines as Solomon Rothschild, the charming and compassionate defense attorney representing the accused spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Translating the gibberish of the Ghost of Christmas Future was accomplished by playful costuming and Stephen Reynolds’ comical direction. Actors Angela Irving and Katherine Wiggins further delighted the audience with solo vocal performances of Christmas carols at intermission. Although Mr. Scrooge begins “The Trial” with accusations and evidence of a heart regressing out of grace, it is no surprise he finds redemption again and exhorts the ghosts to carry out the Christmas spirit every day of the year. It could not happen in a more appropriate setting — check out the 2010 season at the Gaslight Baker Theatre!
— Review by A Team member Steven Fearing