Review On A Christmas Carole King

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic

The Troubadour Theatre Company’s version of A Christmas Carol resembles a British Music Hall Panto –those irreverent mash-ups of fairy tales, ribald jokes and song. In A Christmas Carole King, the ensemble performs Carole King’s many hits, accompanied by the “Troubedorchestra,” (musical director, Derrick Finely) to augment the encounters of Ebenezer Scrooge (Mike Sulprizio) with the ghosts of Christmas Past (funny Beth Kennedy, who also narrates); Christmas Present (Cloie Wyatt Taylor) and, well, they never seem to get to the future. All the performers play several roles to flesh out the Cratchit family, but Matt Walker, who also directs, choreographs (with Luis Martinez and Suzanne Joie Narbonne), and has a hand in the adaptation, steals the show with his eerily appealing head of Tiny Tim. You really hadda be there!

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.