Tiny Tim lives here: New Eastside resident shines in Goodman Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

by Stephanie Racine

Being cast as the alternate for Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol,” was the result of tenacity by 7-year-old Vikram Konkimalla, a resident in New Eastside.

“‘Resilience always  pays off’ is our family motto,” Vikram’s mother Reema Konkimalla said.

This year was Vikram’s third time auditioning for Tiny Tim, and this time he won the part. Being the alternate for Tiny Tim means he is in the production on  the weekdays, while Vikram’s counter- part, 12-year-old Paris Strickland, plays  the part on the weekends.

Vikram prepared for the role by watching the show several times, reading the Charles Dickens classic and studying a biography about Dickens, according to his mother.

“He was very well prepared this year and very confident,” Konkimalla said.

The Goodman Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is in its 42nd year. Many families have made it an annual tradition, according to Publicity Director for Goodman Theatre Denise Schneider. The theater wants to make its yearly production special for all patrons.  If it’s someone’s first time at “A Christmas Carol,” that theater-goer receives a  certificate and a button.

Going to the production was special for  Vikram, even before he was cast. Vikram had his first viewing certificate signed by  Scrooge, played by Larry Yando. He presented it during show-and-tell at school. 

Being in the production has been a special experience for Vikram. He enjoys hanging out with the other kids in the production and going to special events to promote the play.

But his favorite part of being in “A Christmas Carol” involves being on stage.

Vikram’s favorite moment?

“When I get to say, ‘God bless us, everyone!’ at the end,” he said. 

Vikram and his mother agree that if he can do it, so can other kids if they give it their all.

“When I found out he got the part, I was so happy and emotional because my son was resilient in getting the role,” Konkimalla said.

“I was really happy. I have lots of fun,” Vikram said. 

See “A Christmas Carol” at the Good- man Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Ave.,  through December 29. Tickets start at  $25 and are available at GoodmanTheatre.org, (312) 443-3800 or the box office.  

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