This Christmas is extra special to me, in a bittersweet yet hopeful sort of way.
Like almost every family, mine has its own Christmas traditions we have upheld since I was a little kid—and for which I’m feeling rather nostalgic now that I will soon move out of my home to start a family of my own.
So, I want to make sure that my last Christmas as a single woman—which I will spend with my parents and whole family for sure—will be extra special. And I swear I will try to continue all our traditions when I have my own family, who will of course still be part of the one I have now.
And maybe, just maybe, watching A Christmas Carol onstage together will be one of them.
There’s really more to remember about Ebenezer Scrooge than what he has to say about Christmas for most of the beloved 1843 novella and its various TV and theater adaptations.
For one, it’s really a fantastic ghost story that happens to be set on Christmas Eve. Visited by ghosts—that of his old colleague Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Be—Scrooge revisits his past and is given a glimpse of the world around him in the present and a prophecy of his future. This Charles Dickens classic is considered the quintessential Christmas story, but the production still managed to give us quite a bit of a scare. Exciting!
A straight play adaptation of A Christmas Carol was one of the first theater productions I watched as a child, and I’ve loved it since, even the succeeding versions I caught later on. We know how the story progresses and how it ends, yet it’s hard to keep ourselves from watching the beautiful story unfold over and over in all its forms. Did you know there are around six versions of it?
I only found out about all this at the press conference for Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s production of the long-running acclaimed show A Christmas Carol: The Musical from the award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Alan Menken. After their successful run of Green Day’s American Idiot, Globe and 9 Works join forces again to fill the metro with the Christmas spirit as they present the well-loved tale of Scrooge, a bitter miser who hates Christmas, this holiday season.
Globe Live and 9 Works want to make A Christmas Carol: The Musical something that fickle, hard-to-please millennials would like. They want to make them know and love Charles Dickens’ classic the way they love Harry Potter. It will be experiential, with a lot going on all over the massive stage at the Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater. They even call it “accidental theater,” and you’ll just see for yourself what that means and how it feels when you watch the show.
They also want to make A Christmas Carol: The Musical a Christmas tradition for Filipino families, so much so that they decided to have a Christmas Day (Dec. 25) show. Usually, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch are when families are busiest, but then they have nothing special scheduled for the evening. This year, they hope to change that, and they’re also considering staging a different version of the story every year.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical is praised for its memorable and optimistic score, a trademark of Menken’s music. The biggest draw of the first Broadway production back in 1994 was that it proved to be a true musical celebration—a spectacle of song and dance and a clear message of what Christmas is really about: giving.
How to watch it for FREE
You can catch A Christmas Carol: The Musical at the Globe ICONIC Store—an open-space destination with a dynamic setup that can be arranged to suit any need. As an open-air auditorium, it makes theater-going a more casual and inviting affair for everyone in Bonifacio High Street—honestly, even if you don’t have a ticket!
Still, the best seats are inside the Globe Live area, and for a minimum single receipt purchase of P4,000 using your MasterCard in any of the participating Bonifacio High Street or One and Two Parkade establishments, you can avail of two free tickets.
MasterCard cardholders can redeem their tickets at the BGC Concierge located at C1 and C3 in Bonifacio High Street daily from 11AM to 5PM only. Cardholders must present the following to qualify for redemption: MasterCard credit, debit, or prepaid card; original charge slip from the transaction; and proof of identification.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical will be shown on December 3 to 4, 9 to 11, 16 to 18, 21 and 22 at 8PM, and December 25 at 7PM, at the Globe Iconic Store at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tickets are also available for P2,100 on www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Cast and Crew
A musical of this magnitude is made up of a cast of 31 actors—9 Works Theatrical’s biggest to date—a 22-piece orchestra, three top Filipino choirs, and even snow for the complete Christmas spirit!
Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s presentation of A Christmas Carol: The Musical stars theater veteran Miguel Faustmann as Ebenezer Scrooge, Ariel Reonal as Jacob Marley, Norby David as Ghost of Christmas Past, Franz Imperial as Ghost of Christmas Present, Ela Lisondra as Ghost of Christmas Future, and Rocco Buser and Dewayde Dizon as Tiny Tim. It also stars Raul Montesa as Bob Cratchit, Anna Santamaria as Mrs. Cratchit, Jun Ofrasio as Mr. Fezziwig, Dawn Eduave as Mrs. Fezziwig, Nel Gomez as Fred, Al Gatmaitan as Young Ebenezer Scrooge, Mitzie Lao as Emily, and Gian Gloria as Sally. Tory Cortez, Andre Ruelo, and DM Garcia alternate as Jonathan and Scrooge at 12; Rayne Cortez and Ella Gonzalez as Grace Smythe; Ornela Buser and Cerise Ramirez as Fan; and Mari Yapjoco and Joe Ng as Fred’s son.
Rounding up the cast are Kyle Francisco as Martha Cratchit, GM Hernandez as Mr. Smythe, JP Basco as Young Marley, Will Angeles as Beadle, Kendrick Ibasco as Mr. Hawkins, Josh Ramirez as John William Scrooge, Jonjon Martin as Harry, Mara Javier as Mrs. Mops, and Mariella Laurel as Scrooge’s mother.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with Onyl Torres as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, and PJ Rebullida & Yek Barlongay as choreographers. Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical) and Joe Caliro (Globe Live).