November 21, 2001
Sandra Kraisirideja GLENDALE -- Moments before the stage lights come on at the Glendale Centre Theatre, actor Tim Sabourin stands in a tunnel under the audience, waiting to go on stage. "It's pitch black in the tunnel," Sabourin said. "I can't see my hand in front of my face. Then the music starts and the prerecorded narration of Charles Dickens' preface to 'A Christmas Carol' begins. For me, that is the moment when I become Bob Cratchit." This is Glendale Centre Theatre's 37th consecutive annual performance of the holiday classic.
December 10, 2008
Christmas is coming, and the Glendale Centre Theatre is a special place to get into the true spirit of the season. Here it is for its 44th year in a row — a bright, warm and wonderful production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It’s a ghost story that’s not really about ghosts. It’s about families, for families, as created by a close-knit theater family — the Dietleins. In the unwanted company of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, hapless Ebenezer is forced to see himself as others see him. Ouch.
December 10, 2003
GREAT ACTING, DANCING AND REALISTIC SETS Josh Bartell, 10, of La Crescenta is in the fifth grade at La Crescenta Elementary School. "A Christmas Carol" is an old-fashioned play based on Charles Dickens' story and is playing at The Glendale Centre Theatre. In this production, director Tim Dietlein makes everything look so real. He did an amazing job of getting the actors ready for their performances. The dancing and the singing are absolutely breathtaking.
December 8, 2010
This weekend, I went back to the scene of the crime, so to speak, of my last wonderful theatre experience, the Glendale Centre Theatre. I adored their production of "A Murder Is Announced," and so was quite excited to see their players in action once again. This time I was seeing a performance of "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens' classic holiday masterpiece. I may just have a new favorite theatre. The Glendale Centre Theatre's production, which runs Thursday to Sunday evenings until Dec. 24, is a musical version of the show and was adapted by the theater's own Brenda Dietlein.
December 4, 2002
Mary Burkin Christmas time is here, ready or not. Why not share the true spirit of the holidays with the kids and take them to see "A Christmas Carol" at the Glendale Centre Theatre? One night with a few wise ghosts, and Ebeneezer Scrooge is transformed from a miserable miser into a man who keeps Christmas in his heart all year long. No longer are the poor and weak just candidates for prisons and workhouses, but courageous little children, loving parents and kind friends.
December 15, 1999
Terri Roberts Christmas -- that most wonderful time of the year -- is here again, and that means holiday sales, sugar cookies and fruitcakes and more productions of "A Christmas Carol" than you can shake a strap of sleigh bells at. Charles Dickens' 1843 chronicle of the Christmas Eve redemption of a miserly old man is probably the best-known story of the season next to the birth of you-know-who. And over at the Glendale Centre Theatre, the 36th annual production of this holiday heart-warmer brings glad tidings to audiences looking for the perfect family entertainment, and maybe even a little spiritual rejuvenation.
November 23, 2012
Theatergoers who prefer “A Christmas Carol” straight up, with language and redemptive message intact, won't find much holiday cheer in “A Christmas Twist,” SeaGlass Theatre's satiric treatment of the Dickens classic at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank. Regrettably, even those who relish their Scrooge, Cratchits and ghostly Spirits played for laughs won't find this mash-up of Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” and “Oliver Twist” nearly as jolly as it could have been. Taking a sketchy and broad-stroke approach to both classics, writers Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper and Maureen Morley have turned Oliver Twist into hapless workhouse orphan Tiny Twist, who is adopted by Bob Cratchit after trying to pick his pocket.