it possible to turn a life around? To change oneself completely?
To find hope in the darkest hours? More than 160 years after it
first captured imaginations, Charles Dickens’ A
Christmas Carol continues to astound and delight
audiences and actors alike.
Playing December 10th - 21st at UFV Theatre, this new production
offers all the warmhearted joy and memorable Dickensian
characters known around the world.
“It’s a story of redemption more than anything,” says Gabriel
Kirkley, who plays the infamous Ebeneezer Scrooge, “Scrooge is a
man who feels he has wasted his life. To me, it’s the
unbearable, overwhelming guilt of missed chances that has made
him so cruel, twisted and, frankly, such a humbug.”
As the approaching Christmas fouls his mood, Scrooge berates his
poor clerk Bob Cratchit (Blake Kimber) and shuts out his only
living relative, his nephew Fred (Reilly Ellis).
when he is visited in the night by his old partner Jacob Marley
(Peter Shaver) and the three ghosts of Christmas Past (Karlianna
DeWolff), Present (John Jenkins) and Yet to Come (Katherine
Skittrell), he realizes that he is literally in a fight, not
just for his future, but for his life.
Originally adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this
production brings in a number of new elements and a few
surprises. Accompanying Scrooge on his journey are a chorus of
three ghosts (Eli Funk, Aaron Froc and Dayna Thomas) who capture
Dickens’ ironic point of view and provide a bit of comic relief
along the way.
“Think about it from Scrooge’s perspective: it’s the worst day
of the year and you’ve just settled in for bed. Then, there’s
these blasted ghosts in your bedroom and suddenly you’re flying
off through the air to anywhere and everywhere,” says Kirkley,
“The designers and everyone involved have done a remarkable job
capturing the spirit and essence of the story.”
Staged by director Paul Gelineau, the production takes on a Tim
Burton-esque feel. With a topsy-turvy set and lighting design
co-created by students Calvin Baker and Nicole Janisch, it can
feel at moments like the entire world has gone off kilter. But,
says Kirkley, that is partly the point.
makes this show so relatable is that we all understand what
Scrooge is going through. Young or old, we’ve all felt our world
turned upside down and wanted to change the past. But the lesson
is that only the present is ours and we can do with it what we
A Christmas Carol is playing from December 10th to 21st.
Information on specific performance dates and ticket prices can
be found on the UFV Theatre website at
www.ufv.ca/theatre or by calling 604-795-2814. Tickets can
be purchased online, over the phone or in person at the
performance theatre at 45635 Yale Road, Chilliwack.
Check out UFV's new Season of Theatre at UFV.ca/Theatre and buy
your tickets through our Box Office. Phone us at 604-795-2814 or
or email here or visit us at
the box office on the day of the show.
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