Stepping into Magic: an actor's journey…

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them" ~William Shakespeare

Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits

“Awaking in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One. He felt that he was restored to consciousness in the right nick of time, for the especial purpose of holding a conference with the second messenger dispatched to him through Jacob Marley’s intervention. But, finding that he turned uncomfortably cold when he began to wonder which of his curtains this new spectre would draw back, he put them every one aside with his own hands, and lying down again, established a sharp look-out all round the bed. For, he wished to challenge the Spirit on the moment of its appearance, and did not wish to be taken by surprise, and made nervous.”

Charles Dickens, Stave 3, A Christmas Carol

“Waffles” our fantastic Stage Manager for A Christmas Carol

The Ghost of Christmas present represents Charity, Empathy, Happiness, Goodwill and the overall Christmas Spirit. This scene is filled with family celebrations, festivities and a theme of forgiveness. The first family that is shown to Ebenezer Scrooge is The Cratchits. His hardworking employee is celebrating a very meager meal with his wife and children. Despite their poverty, they find joy and happiness in the day. Although Mrs. Cratchit does not wish to toast to the health of Scrooge, the selfish greedy boss of Bob Cratchit, she is convinced by her children especially Tiny Tim that “…It’s Christmas.” and at this time we must be full of love and gratitude. The spirit then takes Scrooge to the home of his nephew where he witnesses some festive games and small talk about himself. This scene is filled with light and celebration and Scrooge is shown that there are those that choose to love him and recognize him, regardless of how poorly he has treated them.
This scene contains some great theater magic! The ghost, played by two young fantastic actresses, get to fly across the stage, hanging upside down and twirling from the fly cables. Each of the children’s roles are double cast, and the two young actress who portray this ghost each bring a unique flavor to their characters. The energy and liveliness of this scene really lift the audience into a joyful and playful space.

This entire show takes a huge community to put on, from the actors to the designers to the crew! One man who takes on a huge responsibility and who takes pride in his work is our stage manager “Waffles.” Talk about joy! This beautiful soul brings warm and loving energy everywhere he goes.

 

Opening night Love!

Opening night Love!

Just one example of the amazing acts of kindness he includes in his stage management duties is “Waffle Day!” On this day Waffles makes waffles for the entire cast and crew. He provides the waffle irons and a variety of batters and toppings. Such a treat to finally have experienced this much loved event at the Dallas Theater Center!

The different flavors available for Waffle Day!

The different flavors available for Waffle Day!

Multiple waffle irons going on!

Multiple waffle irons going on!

The Apple Butter batter called Home for the Holidays!

The Apple Butter batter called Home for the Holidays!

Waffles the Waffle Maker!

Waffles the Waffle Maker!


Another amazing feat that Waffles accomplishes is running the ENTIRE show by looking at monitors. This theater does not have a booth from which to see and call a show, so he is back stage with us watching a number of angles and running the show from there.
His patience and expertise are what make this production what it is. Just like the Ghost of Christmas Present he fills the space with light and excitement. What a pleasure it has been to work with him!

This blog post is dedicated to him and the wonderful experience he helped create during the run of this show. I also want to thank all stage managers for being the Ghosts of Christmas Presents for each and every show, bringing magic, joy and happiness to their productions!

The Screens that Waffles looks at to run the show!

The Screens that Waffles looks at to run the show!

Charles Dickens, Stave 3, A Christmas Carol

“The bell struck twelve.

Scrooge looked about him for the Ghost, and saw it not. As the last stroke ceased to vibrate, he remembered the prediction of old Jacob Marley, and lifting up his eyes, beheld a solemn Phantom, draped and hooded, coming,like a mist along the ground, towards him.”

Charles Dickens, Stave 3, A Christmas Carol

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