So this post is... complicated. After seeing the show over the weekend I have been working through my thoughts on it over the last few days. I thought I had worked out enough of my opinions to post something but then Matthew pointed out to me that the show is based almost entirely upon a poem... A poem that I've somehow never heard or read.
At the point of writing this introduction, I still have yet to read the poem this show is based on. Why? Because I want to write out my initial thoughts first- the ones based on total ignorance about the show's source material. After I finish the first section, I will then read the poem in question and post additional thoughts about how that has changed my perception of the show.
Why am I going through all of this? I've always wondered what someone who didn't know the story of A Christmas Carol would have to say about Scrooge No More. Somehow I inadvertently walked into being a voice of the ignorant perspective for Twas that Night so, before I spoil this opportunity, I want to list out my raw, uninformed, thoughts first.
Anyway, with all of that said, here we go.
I think Twas that Night on Ice was good, but I very much disagree with those who are celebrating it as some new bar for theatrical productions at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I don't think it comes close to it actually. The show I saw this weekend was full of problems. Some of those are problems that should naturally work themselves out over the coming weeks, but others will not.
I'm organizing my (half-baked) thoughts into three of the tackiest, most stereotypical review categories possible: The good, the bad, and the ugly.
The 1950s stylization is great and I love it. The bulk of the costumes and outfits are fantastic and, overall, I'm a big fan.
The set is gorgeous and clever. Love the book backdrop, the rotating panels, the lighting, and especially the trees on either side of the stage.
Overall, a high level of skating talent seems to be on display.
The individual pieces featured in the show's score are generally great. Very much akin to Scrooge No More! in this regard.
The preshow is fantastic. Bravo to that guy!
Aside from the obvious toys and north pole-related characters, the only characters I can actually identify are the mother, father, and the two kids. I don't know who the preshow guy is or any of the other townspeople. Do they matter? Why is the mother hugging everyone in the town? I just sorta don't know. Many of the characters just ended up confusing me.
Much like the characters, many of the scenes struck me as muddy and convoluted as well.