November 24 - December 9, 1989
A Christmas Carol
The Victorian Period, spanning over 60 years, was an era of extremes: great affluence and great poverty. It is captured quite graphically by the following — a popular jingle of the time:
"A boat afloat, a cloudless sky,
A nook that's green and shady,
A cooling drink, a pigeon pie,
A lobster and a lady!"
and Thomas Hood's poetic condemnation of the sweatshop:
"With fingers weary and worn,
with eyelids heavy and red,
A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
Plying her needle and thread,
Stitch!, Stitch!, Stitch!
In poverty, hunger and dirt!"
The Victorians had a single-minded belief in progress as the solution to all the woes of the time. The steam train, the telegraph, photography and gas lights, all made their appearance during this volatile period. It was, in many ways, a disposable society, the dispossessed — the children and the poor— were tools to be used and then discarded.
A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, was not a condemnation of progress but rather, a plea for humanity through the journey of one man, Scrooge, from darkness to light. Dickens tried to show that the generosity of the human spirit has the potential to move the world from shadow into sunlight.
Dickens' story is timeless, especially at this time of the year, when we tend to focus on the spirit of giving and sharing; we become more aware of those less fortunate than us; when we look outward rather than inward. And as we move steadfastly into the 1990's with our great belief in progress and change, A Christmas Carol seems to been written just for us to remind us of the joy of giving and sharing, and to let us to pause in our mad holiday rush to reflect on the true meaning of charity and humanity.
Martin Kinch's moving and loving adaptation of A Christmas Carol captures the spirit and joy of the Dickens' classic and it is our hope that our production will fill you with the spirit of the holiday season.
From all of us to all of you, a very joyous holiday season.
- Martin Fishman, Director
From the programme for A Christmas Carol (1989/90)
Cast & Creative Team
A Christmas Carol
Georgie CollinsCharity Lady, Mrs. Fezziwig, old woman, Mrs. Bargle
Michelle GreenChristmas Past, Mary Cratchit, poor kid (flower girl)
Brian GromoffFezziwig guest, man with large turkey, Sir Giles, shocked gentleman
Stephen HairBaker, Richard, Mr. Liverwort
Chris HarrisTom, coffin boy, Child Scrooge, Fezziwig chld
Brandy JohanntgesMissy, Fanny, Fezziwig child, bag person
Brian LindsDebtor, Dick Wilkins, Topper, Grub
Heather Lea MacCallumMrs. Cratchit, Emily, Fezziwig cook
Bob MetcalfeFred, Young Scrooge
Ed MiddletonJohn Cratchit, Fezziwig child, school child, poor kid
Brenda PennockBelle, Melissa, Caroline, prostitute
Amelia PerkinsMartha Cratchit, Fezziwig houseperson, bag person, rich kid
Eric SchneiderEbenezer Scrooge
Robin ScrimgerPeter Cratchit, poor kid, Carol Boy, beggar, school child, Fezziwig child
Miriam SmithVictoria, Laudress, Molly, Fezziwig guest, bag person