The Events for Players staff were busily at work
preparing for the upcoming performances of their production of Dickens' A
Christmas Carol. The play had been adapted by Mocqula Sisumia to work within
the confines of the PaxLair Center for the Performing Arts and this was the
dress rehearsal. The cast consisted of:
Mocqula Sisumia as the Narrator, Fezziwig, Marley's Ghost and Old Joe,
Azazel as the Narrator and Ebeneser Scrooge,
Anabelle as the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and
Tessa as Scrooges nephew Fred, Portly gentleman, miner, and Mrs. Dilbert.
They were to perform the play in five acts with the poet Shenji to read some of
his works in-between acts three and four.
I'll be the first to admit I had concerns on how the play could be adapted to
work in the environment of the PaxLair Center but Mr. Sisumia did and
outstanding job. The play flowed almost seamlessly from scene to scene as the
players dashed off or hid themselves though expert choreography. The dialogue
had been adapted to the point that if you had never read the original version
you would never know you weren't watching it.
A row of lanterns was used to light the front of the stage and to delineate it
from the rest of the hall. Simplistic? Yes. Did it work? Perfectly! The illusion
of a stage became a reality as the cast, doubling as the crew, changed props
upstage as the audiences' attention was held by the actor's downstage. Only
careful planning and a lot of work can pull off a feat such as that.
During the intermission break between the third and forth acts Shenji, a local
poet, was to read some of his works to delight the audience. The pieces he
rehearsed were quite good and somewhat amusing though he was not sure which he
would be reciting the next night at the opening in ShadowCove.
Azazels' troupe, The Events for Players (or E.F.P) was producing the play.
Azazel and his events are well known on the shard and this would be one of his
finest. Reports indicate that this has been the highest attended event to date
for the E.F.P. - no small feat considering the time of year that it was playing.
When asked if he would be producing any further play adaptations in the near
future Azazel was hesitant to commit one way or the other. It is my feeling
though that this will not be the only play the E.F.P. will produce. The show was
such a smashing success that all the hard work that was put into it was well
If you would like more information on the Events for Players you can visit their
web site at http://users.erols.com/enter/EFP/.
The site is nicely designed for ease of use, and you will find everything you
need if you wish to use or help out with any of their services or future events.
The troupe are taking a short respite after this production as there is nothing
scheduled for the near future yet, but I'm sure it wont be long until the next
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