November 30 - December 15, 1990

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Martin Kinch

Message from Martin Kinch

When Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843, many of the customs and he celebrated had fallen out of style. One of the great achievements of A Christmas Carol which we take for granted today, is that it revitalized many of the traditions that help to maintain the celebration of Christmas as an annual reaffirmation of our common humanity. Over a hundred years later, A Christmas Carol has become as much a tradition as Santa Claus, Plum Pudding and the Nutcracker Suite. There are countless adaptations for the stage, and a list of movies starring everyone from Alastair Sim to Bill Murray. Scenes like the Fezziwig's Christmas party, and characters Tiny Tim have a place in the imagination of people, many of whom have never read the book. Scrooge is as umiversally recognized as a fictional character can be. He has entered that world reserved for imaginary characters like Huckleberry Finn, Wullie MacCrimmon, and Mary Poppins who have brokal away from their original literary home to become a pan of popular heritage. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol still defines idea of a very Merry Christmas.

However, A Christmas Carol is not only a collection of merry scenes. It is also the story of the journey which Ebenezer Scrooge makes into the darkness of his own soul. Guided by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, he revisits the important moments of his life; he imagines its probable end. As he passes on his journey, Scrooge is given the opportunity to change - not to rewrite the events which led him to become the tight-fisted miser he is, but to learn from those events. And Scrooge does learn. Looking back on the unhappiness he has caused and suffered, he realizes that there are other ways of living.

Waking up to a bright Christmas morning, the reformed miser sends the Cratchits a gigantic turkey for their Christmas dinner, but this is only the beginning for Scrooge, for he has leamed to live each day with generosity and joy. That is the true meaning of Scrooge's Christmas; that, at any time, we may start up again - that we can change our lives and through our actions, bring joy to the lives of those around us.

From all of us at Theatre Calgary, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and, as Tiny Tim says, "God bless us. Everyone."

- Martin Kinch, Artistic Director/Executive Producer

From the programme for A Christmas Carol (1990/91)

Cast & Creative Team
For A Christmas Carol

  • Mark Bellamy
    Tom, Dick Wilkins, Liverwort's Boy
  • Patrick Brymer
    The Spirit of Christmas Past, Old Joe
  • George Dawson
    Ghost of Jacob Marley, Man with Small Turkey, The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come
  • Jean-Pierre Fournier
    Fezziwig, The Spirit of Christmas Present, Ramsgate, Sir Giles Overby
  • Brian Gromoff
    Man with Large Turkey, Brassington, A Shocked Gentleman
  • Nicholas Hauk
    Caroller, Young Ebenezer, Peter Cratchit
  • James Kirchner
    Baker, Richard, Liverwort
  • Victoria Lamond
    Missy, Mary Cratchit
  • Duval Lang
    Courtland Jr., Topper, Grub
  • Nikki Lundmark
    Molly, Victoria, Laundress
  • Heather Lea MacCallum
    Mrs. Cratchit, Emily
  • Robin Marshall
    Bob Cratchit
  • Jared Morrison
    Tiny Tim
  • Alexandria Patience
    Mrs Ramsgate, Mrs. Fezziwig, Bag Lady, Mrs. Bargle
  • Catherine Myles
    Valerie, Fanny, Martha Cratchit
  • More Cast & Crew