November 25 - December 24, 2004

A Christmas Carol

Director's Notes

I have always thought of Christmas, Uncle...as a good time. A kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. The only time I know of, in the long year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely. And to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not as another race of creatures altogether, bound on separate journeys!"
- Scrooge's Nephew Fred

Through his 'Carol Philosophy,' Dickens implores us to step out of the blinding pattern of our everyday routines. He wants us to take the opportunity to look and then look again, to live clearly in the world with all of our senses so we can act with compassion, grace and generosity. Scrooge, has made the choice to only see the world through the very narrow black and white lens of utilitarianism. Therefore, Scrooge freezes out all opportunities in his life where he can make a difference.

The process of rehearsing Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol has been a time to rediscover the meaning and manifestation of the 'Carol Philosophy' and the Christmas spirit in our lives. To reflect, recognize and act upon the daily opportunities we are given to make a difference.

As a company, we have shared our recollections of Christmas past, the examples of our Christmas present and our hopes for Christmas yet-to-come. During rehearsal we read from the novel, sang carols, hosted a Victorian potluck, and generally reveled in all things Christmas. I think Dickens would have approved of the laughter, tears and good cheer that has flowed forth from all of us during this wonderful process.

Now that we have reached the point of performance, we are ready to share with you what we have learned about ourselves, each other, and our community through this timeless Christmas tale. It is my hope that the performance you are about to see will offer you the same opportunity to rediscover, reflect and indeed reaffirm Dickens' 'Carol Philosophy' and the Christmas spirit in your life.

Happy Holidays!

- Eric Rose, Director

Cast & Creative Team
For A Christmas Carol

  • Jennie Esdale
    Christmas Past, 2nd Charwoman, Chorus
  • Stephen Hair
    Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Courtney Harder
    Fanny, Martha Cratchit, Chorus
  • Elinor Holt
    2nd Charity Lady, Maid, Mrs. Cratchit, Chorus
  • Daniel Jeffrey
    Young Ebenezer, Peter Cratchit, Chours
  • Tim Koetting
    Marley, Baker, Christmas Future, Chorus
  • C. Adam Leigh
    Topper, Old Joe, Chorus
  • Sarah Louise Mullen
    Mary Cratchit, Chorus
  • Shayan Paydar
    Tom Cratchit, Boy, Chorus
  • Nathan Pronyshyn
    Dick Wilkins, Edward, 3rd Merchant, Chorus
  • Kevin Rothery
    Fezziwig, Christmas Present, 2nd Merchant, Chorus
  • Philip Warren Sarsons
    Bob Cratchit, Charles, 1st Merchant, Chorus
  • Gemma James Smith
    Miss Fezziwig, Belle, Melissa, Chorus
  • Guillermo Urra
    Fred, Ebenezer, 4th Merchant, Chorus
  • Shari Wattling
    1st Charity Lady, Mrs. Fezziwig, 1st Charwoman, Chorus
  • More Cast & Crew