Festive classic rekindles Christmas spirit

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Published on December 08, 2010

Storyteller Hal Theriault sets the stage for the audience in ‘A Christmas Carol’. Karla Kelly photo

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Jeremy Thompson plays the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the first spectre to visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. Karla Kelly photo

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Jacob Marley’s ghost warns Scrooge about what’s to come if he does not change his ways. Karla Kelly photo

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Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig—Rose Button and Brian Vroom—are truly a charming couple who gave young Ebenezer his start in business. Karla Kelly photo

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‘God bless us, every one’ says Tiny Tim as his mother, played by Joy Henshaw, stands nearby. Karla Kelly photo

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During his Christmas Eve party, Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, at right, plays a game at Ebenezer’s expense. Karla Kelly photo

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The Ghost of Christmas Present, Chuck Daniels, watches along with Scrooge as he gets caught up in his nephew’s game and begins to realize it is at his expense. Karla Kelly photo

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Scrooge is shown the future where the Cratchet family grieve the loss of Tiny Tim. Karla Kelly photo

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Mrs. Dilber, right, shows Dirty Joe and Mrs. Sikes what she has taken from Scrooge’s home after his death. Karla Kelly photo

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Scrooge awakens from his ghostly nightmare and rejoices at being transformed as he embraces the Christmas spirit. Karla Kelly photo

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The redeemed Scrooge tells Bob Cratchet they’ll discuss his raise over a glass of Christmas punch. Karla Kelly photo

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The Ghost of Christmas Present explains to Scrooge that all the noise and excitement is Christmas spirit—much to Ebenezer's annoyance. Karla Kelly photo

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Scrooge cringes in the background as the Ghost of Christmas Present shows him the sad boy and girl. Karla Kelly photo

Portrayal of Scrooge captures the magic and the audience

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

Playwright and director Hal Theriault’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale, A Christmas Carol, was a timely and traditional offering last weekend that rekindled the Christmas spirit for audiences, actors and crew.

Brian Isles’ exceptional portrayal as the inveterate miser Scrooge captured the audience’s attention, never relinquishing his hold until well after the final curtain.

“Brian was unbelievable as he had the audience eating out of his hand throughout the entire performance,” said Rupert Haley.

Isles said he strived to portray Scrooge as Dickens would have wanted it.

 “To be believable, you have to capture the audience to bring out the magic,” Isles said.

Don Carter said he loved the play as the story is one of his favourites and being asked to take on the role of Bob Cratchet was a great honour.

“The play created a great Christmas memory for me because my two sons, Tyler and Stephen, were in it with me,” Carter said.

Holly Mount, who portrayed the Ghost of Christmas Past, said the production was a team effort and a learning experience for even the more seasoned actors.

Wardrobe committee members Nancy Conrad and Julia Moore said hearing the applause made their efforts worthwhile.

 The commitment of actors and crew as they devoted many volunteer hours in preparation for the performances was nothing short of remarkable, said Paul Saulnier, chair of the Digby Area Theatre Society.

The crew was faced with a difficult and challenging job as they worked on the costumes, sets, lighting and sound to make sure everything ran smoothly, said director Theriault.

“With sound and lighting, it’s all about timing,” he said.

Theriault expressed his appreciation for the huge response from the enthusiastic audiences, saying it was not only gratifying but overwhelming as they got right into the play.

 “The entire cast was remarkable as everyone worked hard to give our loyal audiences the best they had.”

“It was heart warming to see a full house in the theatre both nights—a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season,” Saulnier said.

Organizations: Ghost of Christmas Past, Digby Area Theatre Society.The

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