December 4-24, 1997

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Martin Kinch

Director's Notes

When A Christmas Carol was first published, it captured the imagination of a nation. Lord Jeffrey wrote to say that "...had done more good with the book than the Dickens whole of the Christian Church could do in a year." The name 'Scrooge' became a reference for meanness and the story highlighted a world where people lived in fear of poverty and exploitation, where major cities teemed with homeless people. Due in part to its dramatic quality, the story probably holds a record for the number of different stage adaptations. A Christmas Carol has become a play and a film that people seem to enjoy time and time again.

Why, when the world has changed so much, does the 154 year old story of a miserable old man still hold a fascination for today's audience? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that the more the world changes, the more it stays the same. In Calgary today, approximately 1200 people are homeless. Young people roam our streets, prime targets for society's predators. Throughout the world a small percentage of the population grow richer while millions of other people starve, living in conditions as bad as anything Dickens ever witnessed.

The character of Ebenezer Scrooge is universal. Almost every day, the media carries stories of childhood pain and abuse that have left emotional scars on an adult life. Perhaps the greatest lesson of A Christmas Carol is that it does not matter how old or evil a human may be, it is never to late to receive redemption. We can change, we can become better people and it is our greatest duty in life to attempt to improve the conditions of our fellows by relieving hardship, dispelling misery and bringing a little joy into the world. Proving each day that Faith, Hope and Charity are the keys to a better life.

I hope that this play brings a little joy into your world, and that peace and prosperity will visit you throughout the coming year.
 

- James Brewer, Director

Cast & Creative Team
For A Christmas Carol

  • Lindsay Burns
    Mrs. Ramsgate, Beggar, Phantom, Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Cratchit
  • Mathew Cohen
    John, Beggar, Fezziwig Guest, Peter Cratchit
  • Tory Doctor
    Beggar, Phantom, Young Ebenezer, Old Joe's Boy
  • Caden Douglas
    Tom, Young Scrooge, Fezziwig Guest
  • Ravonna Dow
    Miss Frint, Phantom, Belle Melissa
  • Tony Eyamie
    Bob Cratchit, Beggar, Phantom, Sir Giles Overby
  • Rebecca Fishman
    Missy, Fanny, Fezziwig Guest
  • Stephen Hair
    Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Michael J. Hancock
    Old Fred, Phantom, Fezziwig Guest, Christmas Present, Liverwart
  • Zoe Heath
    Beggar, Phantom, Fezziwig Maid, Emily, Laundress
  • Izzy Jackson
    Beggar, Schoolboy, Fezziwig Guest, Mary Cratchit
  • James Kirchner
    Jacob Marley, Granny, Richard, Christmas Future
  • David LeReaney
    Charles Dickens
  • Matthey Lerigny
    Bob, Schoolboy, Tiny Tim, Beggar
  • Cole McIver
    Toby, Beggar, Schoolboy, Fezziwig Guest, John Cratchit
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