November 28 - December 22, 2002

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. As Scrooge weeps by his neglected gravesite, he finally understands he has lived a life with no purpose. His accumulations of wealth are of no comfort to him, and he is filled with regret over a life that made such little difference in the lives of others.

This message is one that audiences love to be reminded of year after year. Last year, in particular, it was easy for everyone, actors and audience, to find A Christmas Carol meaningful. We all experienced a shock last year at this time, when the world endured the tragic events of September 1 1 th. At that time, we all had a heightened awareness of how important human beings, loved ones, coworkers, even strangers, really are.

Here I am directing the play a year later, and for me, there is a sort of residue of these events imbedded in the play. I feel like I've gone through something with this play and this cast, and it resurfaces as we say the words and move through the scenes. Most of our cast from last year is joining us again this year, and they feel like a family. They demonstrate genuine affection towards each other, they embrace the message of the play, and there is a tickle of joy in their hearts as they share with an audience this delightful story of a man rediscovering that loving people is so much more rewarding than loving money.

I love this story Pastor Henry of Centre Street Church shares with his congregation. He tells the story of a man who dies and goes to heaven. He is escorted by St. Peter past a glorious building. The man is so astonished by the building he asks, "What is that building?" St. Peter responds, "Oh, you don't want to know'.' The man persists. "It is so beautiful, can't we see inside?" St. Peter reluctantly takes the man inside the building, where there are millions and millions of shelves with exquisite 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 with heart breaking regret. For the box contains all the missed opportunities that the man was given in his lifetime to make a difference in the lives of others.

Happily, Scrooge gets a second chance to make his life count and he doesn't disappoint us. Make your life count, not with fame or money, but in little things claimed from a silver box in heaven. 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, even if no one on earth is looking, your graciousness will not go unnoticed.

God Bless & Merry Christmas!

- Nikki Loach, Director

Cast & Creative Team
For A Christmas Carol

  • Ravonna Dow
    Christmas Past, 2nd Charwoman, Chorus
  • Tony Eyamie
    Fezziwig, Christmas Present, 2nd Merchant, Chorus
  • Stephen Hair
    Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Bruce Horak
    Dick Wilkins, Edward, 3rd Merchant, Chorus
  • Daniel Jefferey
    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
  • Jane MacFarlane
    2nd Lady, Maid, Mrs. Cratchit, Chorus
  • Cherie McMaster
    Miss Fezziwig, Belle, Melissa, Chorus
  • Caitlynne Medrek
    Mary Cratchit, Chorus
  • Marya Newstaedter
    Fanny, Martha Cratchit, Chorus
  • Duncan Ollerenshaw
    Fred, Ebenezer, 4th Merchant, Chorus
  • Liam Prost
    Tiny Tim, Chorus
  • Barry Thorson
    Bob Cratchit, Charles, 1st Merchant, Chorus
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