When is the last time you heard a great story? I’m not talking about reading one, or seeing one on TV or in the movie theatre. I am talking about an actual live human being telling the story right before your eyes. Bernadette Nason does just that as she performs Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Bernadette plays the role of everyone in the story, yes everyone! When I first heard that one actress would be representing all the numerous characters in the play, I became very curious and intrigued. It’s hard to imagine one actress can portray such different and diverse characters as Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, for example. “TCA-registered, multiple award-winning, terribly British Bernadette Nason is a storyteller, actress, comedienne and writer,” and boy does she put on a show!
With minimal props and lighting (Michael Stuart is the talent behind the light operation, anticipating the next lighting move so well) and no other special effects we have all grown so accustomed to, Bernadette truly lights up the stage with her wit, energy and facial expressions. I could clearly see the story playing out in my mind’s eye, as if I were really there, interacting with the colorful characters or feeling the brisk wind on my face as I traveled back in time with Scrooge. Bernadette takes the audience through many emotions throughout the course of the play and I even found myself laughing many times during the story.
Oral storytelling dates back to ancient times and is believed by most historians and psychologists that it is one of the many things that define and bind our humanity. Lessons and morals can easily be woven into the inter-workings of stories, all the while entertaining audiences. Today, stories are an intrinsic part of our societies and cultures. Bernadette also travels to schools to perform stories for children. She “became committed to producing high quality storytelling shows when she found that many parents had stopped telling their children bedtime stories.” Bernadette believes “we must keep literature alive through the power of live storytelling, encouraging audiences to tell stories themselves.”
Bernadette performs “A Christmas Carol” at The City Theatre in Austin which is “a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring commitment and service to the central Texas theatrical community.” The theatre is small and cozy and seemed to exude an old-world energy straight from early 1800’s England setting the mood for this tale we all know so well.
Be sure to check out Bernadette’s website for more information about this charming and talented performer, upcoming events and how you too can be entertained by the ancient art of live storytelling.
WHEN: December 1-18, 2011. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The City Theatre
3823 Airport Blvd. Ste: D
Austin, TX 78722
TICKETS: General Admission: $20, Students and Seniors: $15, Thursday: all seats are $15
For reservations and to purchase tickets: 512-454-4925 or firstname.lastname@example.org