November 29 - December 23, 2001

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Greg Nelson and Ian Prinsloo

Director's Notes

Jesus said, "..Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:33

Christ is imploring us to take the opportunity on earth to do things that will have an eternal difference in the lives of others. Money doesn't matter to God. People matter to God. The pursuit of money is an empty one as Scrooge learns as he weeps by his grave site. His money is of no comfort to him, and he is filled with regret over a life devoid of things that really matter. 

On the first Sunday after September I l, my pastor at Centre Street Church, Pastor Henry, responded to the terrorist attacks. We've all heard about victims on the airplanes making calls on cell phones minutes before their inevitable deaths. Pastor Henry clarified for the congregation that these victims didn't call to remind their loved ones to make sure they didn't sell certain stocks, or to watch their investments closely, or to call the office and let them know the password to the important files. No. All they wanted to do was tell their loved ones, "I love you." Simple, but true. Conversely, if we asked the victims families how much of their money or worldly possessions would they be willing to part with to have their loved one back again, no doubt, if that were possible, they would say, without hesitation: "all of it, take everything I've got."

I know nobody is disagreeing with me at this point, it is easy to put things into perspective when tragedy strikes, and I think everyone, in light of recent events, is focusing on what really matters right now. Dickens took advantage of Christmas time to send the same message. I hope it won't be easily forgotten in times to come.

My pastor tells the story of a man who dies and goes to heaven. He is escorted by St. Peter past a beautiful building. The man asks ] what the building is. St. Peter says, "Oh, you don't want to know." The man persists. "It is so beautiful, can we go inside?" St. Peter reluctantly takes him inside the building, where there are millions and millions of shelves with beautiful silver boxes tied up with blue ribbons and each box has a name on it written in gold. "Do I have a box with my name on it?" the man asked. "Oh, yes" said St. Peter, "everyone has a box." St. Peter escorts the man to his box and doesn't stop the man when he opened his box and is instantly filled wit heart breaking regret. For the box contains all the missed opportunities that the man was given to make a difference in the lives of others.

These are the regrets that Marley is haunted by. Dickens presents it as a sort of hell (motivation by fear is not uncommon in this age). The desired effect, however, is the same. Look for the opportunities in life that will matter in the end. I believe that God literally presents daily opportunities for us to give, to help, to be gracious, to be kind, to comfort, to encourage and to impact others and change their lives. Don't miss your opportunities, store up treasures in Heaven, watch for them, watch for people in need, because people matter. Even if no one on earth is looking, your kindness will not go unnoticed.

God Bless & Merry Christmas

- Nikki Lundmark, Director

Cast & Creative Team
For A Christmas Carol

  • Léda Davies
    Fanny, Martha Cratchit, Chorus
  • Carmen Davison
    Miss Fezziwig, Belle, Melissa, Chorus
  • Ravonna Dow
    Christmas Past, 2nd Charwoman, Chorus
  • Tony Eyamie
    Fezziwig, Christmas Present, 2nd Merchant, Chorus
  • Stephen Hair
    Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Daniel Jeffery
    Tom Cratchit, Boy, Chorus
  • Maureen Jones
    1st Lady, Mrs. Fezziwig, 1st Charwoman, Chorus
  • Dave Kelly
    Topper, Old Joe, Chorus
  • Tim Koetting
    Marley, Baker, Christmas Future, Chorus
  • Jonathan Lewis
    Musician, Original Composition
  • Jane MacFarlane
    2nd Lady, Maid, Mrs. Cratchit, Chorus
  • Caitlynne Medrek
    Mary Cratchit, Chorus
  • Duncan Ollerenshaw
    Fred, Ebenezer, 4th Merchant, Chorus
  • Brendan Prost
    Tiny Tim, Chorus
  • David Shelley
    Dick Wilkins, Edward, 3rd Merchant, Chorus
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