The light at this time of year amazes me. The way it seems to bend the marsh grass in the late afternoon, or falls through the partially leafed trees in broken beams, I am reminded again of what a difference light can make. The right kind of light on a painting makes the difference between night and day; the right theatre lighting changes a scene from dull to inspirational; and light, when it falls on us as we doze, warms and wakens us.
Darkness and light play a strong role in A Christmas Carol. Actually, it is a strong theme in most of Dickens’ work. He was very familiar with the darkness of London, the unlit streets, the grime from the gas lamps and also the need for a flame to open up a dark room or to warm an impoverished family.
We have set this telling of A Christmas Carol very specifically in the church of the Transfiguration. The name of the church itself is a part of the process of Scrooge. He is changed, transformed by the visitors who come to him and their visits instill in him a desire to live differently. He sees things in a new light, so to speak.
Light has a way of getting into the corners and recesses of our hearts and minds. Along with the light comes a restlessness and even a haunting of what we have buried so that we no longer recognize ourselves or our faults and needs. The other side of this restlessness is the hope of being different.
“My behavior might have led to a certain end. But if I change? If I change myself completely…? Then might…Might my end be different? Might it not? I beg you Spirit. Give me a little hope!”
Scrooge begs for a second chance and when he seizes it, his actions give hope to us all.
At this season of light, we at Elements Theatre Company, wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings and promise.
Sr. Danielle Dwyer