November 23 - December 23, 1993

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Martin Kinch

A Message from Brian Rintoul

A Christmas Carol has always appealed to families because Dickens creates tales and characters that are easily understood by all ages. On Scrooge's journey in particular, the master storyteller conjures up not only ghosts, but recognizable characters to love or hate. In the case of Scrooge, to hate and then love.

The theme of this holiday classic is simple and timely. Within each of us is the human potential to be a better person. It is a theme that crosses all creeds and lifts Dickens' tale out of the confines of one religious tradition into the realm of a universal tale of self-discovery and self-awareness and brings it right up to date with new age thinking. Dickens was always concerned with the social issues of his day, mainly the proper treatment of children and the poor. Unfortunately, these social concerns are still unsolved.

It is on an emotional rather than an intellectual level that A Christmas Carol has become a traditional part of the holidays as candles and colourful lights. From pagan times and the celebration of the winter solstice, this time of year has been associated with the lighting of candles and more recently colourful lights, as we seek to make a happy, cozy place away from the bleakness of winter. Light has always symbolized hope and joy.

 At Theatre Calgary, hope and joy are personified in the bright shining faces of little ones toddling up the big staircase of our lobby in their party clothes. Many of them are full of the knowledge that they are participating in a grown-up activity with mom and dad or with their grandparents or the whole family. Overhearing neighbours or visiting relatives exchange their latest news, hearing the laughter as co-workers share a moment of camaraderie reveals the sense of community that is created in the theatre.

We hope you enjoy the holiday preparations made for you, the Christmas tree, the displays and the lobby decorations; and hope it makes a fine start to your holiday season. Happy Holidays

- Brian Rintoul, Artistic Director

From the programme for A Christmas Carol (1993/94)

Cast & Creative Team
For A Christmas Carol

  • Mark Bellamy
    Tom, Dick Wilkins
  • James Brewer
    Fred the Beggar, Mr. Fezziwig, Christmas Present, Old Joe
  • David Brindle
    Charles Dickens
  • Leslie Carlson
    Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Dave Clarke
    Beggar, Fezziwig Guest, Old Joe's Boy, Liverwart's Boy
  • Caden Douglas
    Bob, School Boy, Fezziwig Guest, Tiny Tim
  • Stephen Hair
    Jacob Marley, Christmas Future
  • John Hawkes
    John, Young Ebenezer, Peter Cratchit, Fezziwig Guest
  • Jacqueline Henderson
    Poor Girl, School Boy, Fezziwig Guest, Mary Cratchit
  • Chris Humphreys
    Fred, Sir Giles Overby, Liverwart, Fezziwig Guest
  • Victoria Lamond
    Missy, Fan, Fezziwig Guest
  • Nicole Libin
    Poor Girl, Fezziwig Maid, Martha Cratchit
  • Hardee T. Lineham
    Bob Cratchit
  • Douglas McKeag
    Beggar, Topper, Fezziwig Guest, Sir George Brassington, Mr. Ramsgate
  • Declan O'Reilly
    Beggar, Ebenezer, Richard, Grub
  • More Cast & Crew