In our second installment of the A Christmas Carol blog… Aaron T. Moore talks about breathing life into a character seven years expired, being the first of four ‘Ghosts’ to visit Scrooge and an outlook of redemption. Enjoy his story and then see the show! It runs until Dec 20, 2009. Visit www.mbtheatre.com for more information.
Without hyperbole, Marley’s ghost is the most fun I’ve ever had with a character on stage. Though somewhat daunting in preparation for the role, the payoff is well worth the adventure of getting into makeup an hour before the show and hefting 40lbs of chains sewn to a jacket on my back. Marley’s journey offers hope for Scrooge and a chance for his own retribution. He is an Oracle by his own volition, come to grant Scrooge one last chance at redemption. A chance Marley himself was never given. And even though he has no hope himself of escaping the horrors of this strange purgatory to which he has been consigned, he still comes back to warn Scrooge there is a chance of turning his life around. It is his only act of kindness.
Marley is a true pleasure to create, and I have had the good fortune of doing so under two wonderful directors! This is my second round with Marley in three years, and I finally feel as if I can enjoy the interaction that comes with an audience and Scrooge. Though he is supposed to be frightening in many ways, what is most enjoyable is finding moments of humor and compassion in my conversations with Scrooge (Thomas D. Mahard) on stage. They were, despite their terrible practices, close friends and colleagues, and there is a wonderful moment of recognition between the two when they have one last chance to be more than colleagues.
Had Marley not been able to come back, Scrooge would very likely have never reformed. I think Marley would find any means necessary to warn Scrooge. Sometimes, as I’m in the bowels of the theatre awaiting my entrance, i jokingly think: “Couldn’t Marley just have easily sent a letter?” And that letter would read:
Change NOW! Or Chains forever!
Subtle and simple, but perhaps not nearly as powerful.
Enjoy and thank you for your patronage
~Aaron T. Moore
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