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 6, 2006
There are probably some Glendale Centre Theatre patrons who saw a production of "A Christmas Carol" as children, and now they are bringing their grandchildren. Going to see it has become a holiday tradition, like decorating the tree and leaving cookies out for Santa. And like other holiday traditions, it's there because it gives pleasure and meaning to a special time in our lives. If you've lost count as to how many times the Glendale Centre Theatre has produced "A Christmas Carol," (I think it's up to No. 42 now)
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 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.
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 16, 2000
Matt Verboys, Weekend GLENDALE -- It's that time of year again, folks. That time when Charles Dickens' immortal "A Christmas Carol" gets updated, re-imagined and thoroughly overhauled in every way, funneled through every conceivable medium -- with the story's humanity often lost in the gimmicky shuffle. Maybe that's why Glendale Centre Theatre's good ol' fashioned, reverent approach to the perennial classic is so refreshing. It's a welcome change of pace to watch Scrooge's saga unfold more or less the way Dickens' intended, in its proper time setting.