Calgary's favourite holiday tradition continues to warm the hearts of young and old. Stephen Hair returns for his 22nd year as Ebenezer Scrooge in a production hailed by the Calgary Herald as "an annual gift that deserves to be treasured and passed down from generation to generation." Book your tickets early as last year's performances sold out.
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This production is a spectacle on a grand scale. We have filled the stage with warmth and cheer as we sing carols and skate along the Thames River. A charming mixture of ghosts will guide Ebenezer Scrooge through his past, present, and future. Thoughtful, wondrous, and inspiring - just what the holiday season should be.
OUR FAMILY TRADITION
A message from longtime Carol-goers, Bill and Laurie Clay:
Theatre Calgary’s version of A Christmas Carol has been a Clay family tradition for around 25 years. During this time, we have introduced over 200 people to theatre for the first time and some have become season ticket holders. We are excited to be introducing the next generation of the Clay family to the play this year. Because of the joy and unity this play provides, it has become a celebrated custom for our family to gather and celebrate Christmas.
The play definitely puts everyone attending in the Christmas spirit, as shown in the lobby after the performance with all of the smiles, laughter, and hugs. The casts have been impressive, and one can tell they truly enjoy performing this play. Stephen Hair has done a remarkable job of playing Scrooge over the past two decades and has made the part his own.
During the play we laugh, cry, and allow Stephen and the cast to take us back to Victorian England and entertain us for a couple of hours. And at the end, we all hope we can have the same Christmas spirit as the converted Ebenezer Scrooge.
This play has been and will continue to be part of our Christmas tradition for years to come. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone.” We hope you enjoy this production as much as we have.
Theatre Calgary stages the best of all possible versions of A Christmas Carol.
Stephen Hair nails it with a performance that is both funny and tender.
Cast & Creative Team
A Christmas Carol
Annabel BeamesTiny Tim
Stephen HairEbenezer Scrooge
Robert KleinJacob Marley
Jamie KonchakMrs. Cratchit, Dance Captain
Fionn LairdBoy Ebenezer
Aidan LaudersmithYoung Ebenezer
Allison LynchSpirit of Christmas Past
Declan O'ReillyMr. Fezziwig
Julie OrtonMrs. Dilber
FOR THEATRE CALGARY: 71 productions including A Christmas Carol (26 productions), The Crucible, The Shoplifters, Much Ado About Nothing, A Raisin in the Sun, Our Town, Saint Joan, Of the Fields Lately, Counsellor-At-Law, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cyrano de Bergerac, Blithe Spirit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
ELSEWHERE: Over 275 productions in theatres from coast to coast over his 42-year career as an actor or director.
AWARDS: 2008 Harry and Martha Cohen Award for significant and sustained contribution to theatre in Calgary; 2006 Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Calgary.
In 2007 Theatre Calgary inaugurated the “Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award” presented to an up-and-coming young Calgary performer. Congratulations to the 2015 recipient Brett Dahl.
FOR THEATRE CALGARY: A Christmas Carol (2012-14).
ELSEWHERE: Sunnyside & and the Flood of 2013, Kids Go Global – Africa, Trickster Theatre; Hero Squares, The Wind in the Willows, Sunnyside School.
FILM/TELEVISION: ATB Financial Puck Cam Hockey Commercial, Joe Media Group; Let’s Talk Science PSA, Shaw Communications. Fionn is a member of the ELEV8 Rising Lacrosse Team and plays the trumpet in his school band. He is an avid longboarder and enjoys hip-hop dance, baseball, comics, making puns and caring for his pet piranha.
FOR THEATRE CALGARY: One Man Two Guvnors, A Christmas Carol (2013-14).
ELSEWHERE: Blind Date, North American Tour; Shakespeare’s Dog, Intimate Apparel, ATP;The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Noirville, An Inspector Calls, Evelyn Strange, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Vertigo;A Behanding in Spokane, GZT/H&M; Reasons to be Happy, Speed the Plow, Reasons to be Pretty, Kung Fu Panties, GZT; Speed Dating for Sperm Donors, Ways and Means, Mockingbird Close, Scarlet Woman, Camp Victoria, Lunchbox; As You Like It, Shakespeare Company; The Russian Play, Urban Curvz; Habitat, Downstage.
FILM/TELEVISION: Sharkasaurus, One Hit Die, One Night in Aberdeen, Awaken, Home, Heartland.
AWARDS: Three Betty Mitchell Awards – Outstanding Supporting Actress – Shakespeare’s Dog, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy or Musical – As You Like It, Scarlet Woman. Seven Betty Mitchell Award nominations. Julie is eternally grateful for blue shift.