As the heat waves approach in the true Floridian “winter” fashion, Pope John Paul II High School is keeping the Christmas spirit alive with their production of “A Fairytale Christmas Carol.”
Written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” is a comical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Like the literary classic, “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” follows the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who also happens to be the Big Bad Wolf. When the fairytale Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future appear in his bedroom one Christmas Eve however, Scrooge begins to learn the error of his ways as classic fairytale characters come to life.
Matthew Gavan, playing the role of the Big Bad Wolf, exhibited a strong stage presence that captured his true disdain for the holidays, from every “Bah, humbug!” to each scornful expression of disgust. Countering this natural grouchiness onstage was Paige Gray, who played the role of Mother Goose. Despite being a student, Gray never ceased in finding a motherly disposition, often speaking and moving with amusing voice and dramatic hand gestures. The contrasting elements of Gray’s bubbly characterization and Gavan’s sarcastic apathy helped accentuate the more subtle qualities in one another, and often led to well-delivered humor.