The Christmas Carol Takes the Stage at DCPA

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Everyone knows about Scrooge and Marley, characters from one of the world's most popular holiday tales, "The Christmas Carol." Most of us have either seen the Disney movie or have rea

Everyone knows about Scrooge and Marley, characters from one of the world's most popular holiday tales, "The Christmas Carol." Most of us have either seen the Disney movie or have read the book of this great story. But all Christmas Carol lovers are in for a treat: Their favorite classic has come to life on stage at the Denver Center of Performing Arts (DCPA).

 

On a Sunday night in December, I was fortunate enough to be in the audience watching the play. I was even luckier to receive a visit from one of The Christmas Carol's main actors, Kate Hurster. This actress had the thrill of playing three parts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Fred's wife, and in one of the last scenes of the play, a woman attempting to sell Scrooge's bed curtains.

 

When asked what inspired her to be an actress, Hurster explains, "What inspired me to be an actress is that I really like telling stories and doing it on stage is a great way to reach a lot of people. I think when people see people telling stories on stage they recognize things in themselves and in their own lives." But it turns out that acting wasn't her original career plan. In fact she was actually considering being a doctor but found that acting was her passion. After going to Swathmore College, Hurster decided to quit her pre-med work to discover her real passion: acting. She found acting more intellectually demanding.

 

Hurster's favorite part about being an actress is that she gets to meet a lot of unique people. As Hurster puts it, "My favorite part about being an actress is that I get to meet lots of different people because when you do shows in different places, you meet more people and the world gets smaller and smaller and you have more in more people in common like friends and other actors and directors you know and love."

 

What is the most important thing Hurst has learned as an actress? "Being present. Being in the moment. If you're not in the moment, in the moment in time, meaning when you're on stage and in front of people, then your eyes will wander and you will start to notice things like someone sleeping in the second row, or eating a candy cane in the middle of your scene."

 

Hurster will be in approximately 45 to 50 shows for The Christmas Carol in five weeks! The longest amount of shows Hurster has had to do for a play she has participated in is 115 times over eight months. Another actress Hurster knows in The Christmas Carol was on tour for a play for twelve years.

 

After talking with Hurster I learned that there is so much more to acting than what we, as the audience, understand. There is actually a whole world beyond the stage. And there are many secrets beyond the curtain. *