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A new version of a classic tale

December 7, 2012
By Tom LaVille , Times-Republican

It's a rare occasion when a classical piece of literature and a creative contemporary cast is put together in such a delightfully entertaining package as in "The Muppet Christmas Carol."

The lead in this production is Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. His supporting cast includes all of our favorite Muppet characters: The Great Gonzo, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle. Several human actors fill out the company. Everyone seems to have their favorite Muppet, whether you like the gentle philosophy of Kermit, the elitism of Miss Piggy, the shtick of Gozzie or the craziness of Gonzo, there is something for everyone to love. A special tip of the hat to Michael Caine for the outstanding character he creates in this version. I like Caine's version as well as any I've seen.

One of the major differences in this version of the classic Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is that this version has lots of music and really fun songs: "When Love Has Gone," "It Feels Like Christmas," "Room in Your Heart" and "Thankful Heart."

If you've ever seen a Muppet movie you know that they are the perfect movie for adults as well as kids. The adults will get much of the humor and the kids will enjoy the antics of the Muppets. Bring the whole family to this G rated holiday film.

The show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Watch for information about the Christmas Festival coming soon to the Orpheum. Visit the theatre for tours and check out all of the Iowa related memorabilia. Check the Jean Seberg display on the first floor and the Donna Reed exhibit on the second floor. Call the Orpheum Theater Center movie hotline at 641-844-5907 or visit


Tom LaVille is a retired Marshalltown drama and literature teacher. LaVille's Critic's Corner column appears Friday in the Times-Republican.



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