Theatre: Class Act musical proves more to Scrooge than Victorian angst

Class Act Musical Proves More To Scrooge Than Victorian Angst: Renell Petigo, pre-event chairlady, left, and B J Ordner ,president of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, welcomed patrons to a celebration at Woodforest National Bank in Conroe prior to Steve Lippia’s “The Ultimate Sinatra” tribute Nov. 7 in the Crighton Theatre.
Class Act Musical Proves More To Scrooge Than Victorian Angst: Renell Petigo, pre-event chairlady, left, and B J Ordner ,president of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, welcomed patrons to a celebration at Woodforest National Bank in Conroe prior to Steve Lippia’s “The Ultimate Sinatra” tribute Nov. 7 in the Crighton Theatre.

After seeing The Crighton Players’ musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at downtown Conroe’s Owen Theatre a couple seasons ago, I thought, “aha, finally a Scrooge I can love.”

Not to malign the warmth of the story, the tragedy of the old miser’s life, hope in his subsequent redemption, or the piteous Tiny Tim and Cratchits, this, to me, has been a Victorian-style downer from the start.

Not so the musical. It is remarkable in that the storyline basics remain the same, but there’s a tuneful chord of lightness throughout that says “circumstances don’t determine our happiness, attitude does.”

I hoped the Players might make this a Christmas tradition much like the perennial dramatic production at Houston’s Alley Theatre. My idea died for lack of a second. click here for complete store