For its annual Christmas production, Courtenay Little Theatre is producing Mavor Moore’s musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from December 22nd to 31st at the Sid Williams Theatre. Dickens’ story of the redemption of the curmudgeon, Scrooge, by the visitation of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future is sure to brighten the hearts of locals who are in danger of sinking into despair in the face of modern materialism and cynicism at this time of year.
Director/Choreographer Susan Bradshaw has teamed up with Musical Director Dagmar Kilian, set designer Jay Crowder, costume designer Gail Limber, props designer Barb Vermette, wigs coordinator Nancy Parker, makeup coordinator Zoë Ciccarelli, stage manager Phyllis Katcher, and many more volunteers, to provide a magical experience for Comox Valley audiences. The eight performances run from December 22nd to 31st, with four matinées and four evening shows.
Although the cast and crew get only December 24th and 25th off, there is a high degree of enthusiasm from the cast of twenty, which includes fourteen year old Gillian Hegg. “I decided to audition for “Christmas Carol” when my Mom first brought it up to me. Soon enough I found that some of my friends would also be in the show and I got excited. Rehearsals have been so much fun and I am looking forward to sharing this piece of Christmas magic with lucky audiences!” she enthuses.
For twelve year old actor Celie Lacasse, whose grandmother Jeannine Taylor, is in the cast and grandfather, Chris Taylor, is an assistant stage manager backstage, it is a special thrill to have her mother, Holly Taylor, make her CLT debut as an actor. Says Lacasse, “I find this experience very interesting because I get to see what my family can do and how we can all work together and be powerful on the stage. It’s really cool to have one whole side of my family involved in this production.”
Pat McKenna, well known to Valley audiences, plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser who discovers the true meaning of empathy after being confronted with the shallowness of his life. McKenna is joined by a talented ensemble of actors playing a myriad of roles: singing, dancing, acting and, in several cases, playing musical instruments. Their talents and enthusiasm are bound to affect even the most curmudgeonly audience members.
Tickets are on sale now at the Sid Williams Theatre Ticket office, 442 Cliffe Ave in Courtenay, phone (250) 338-2430 ext. 1 and online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com. There are two shows before Christmas on December 22nd 7:30 pm and 23rd 2:00 pm, with six shows after Christmas from December 26th to 31st. Take advantage of the group rate when you purchase 6 or more tickets. Don’t miss out on this popular Christmas treat for all ages!