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This year's production of "A Christmas Carol" in the Capitol Theater has many familiar elements: a miserly Scrooge, played with a growl by American Players Theatre's John Pribyl; lavish Victorian dresses and coats; a trio of spirits, each with their own style of magic.
But what makes the production different — aside from beautifully crafted new scenery by Christopher Dunham — are the people who play the familiar characters. This year, I was struck by the clarity and poise of Julia Amann as the Spirit of Christmas Past.
Amann is just 10 years old, a 6th grader at Eagle School. But her confidence and stage presence as she led Scrooge through poignant, sometimes painful scenes from his past, put her on a level with the excellent adult actors surrounding her.