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A Christmas Carol starts Friday

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Bah, humbug! Jacob Marley (Grant Heubner) watches Ebenezer Scrooge (Sean Keels) as he adds notations to his ledger in a scene from A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, a multi-media production of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale put on by Streetlight Theatre. The play debuts Friday at Pembroke's Festival Hall.

Bah, humbug! Jacob Marley (Grant Heubner) watches Ebenezer Scrooge (Sean Keels) as he adds notations to his ledger in a scene from A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, a multi-media production of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale put on by Streetlight Theatre. The play debuts Friday at Pembroke's Festival Hall.

With Christmas about a month away, what better way to get in the spirit than taking in a true classic of the season?

 

This Friday, Streetlight Theatre will be presenting its production of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley at Festival Hall in Pembroke. Charles Dickens' robust and often-told tale of Christmas with its themes of loss and redemption, not to mention ghosts and haunting, remains a perennial favourite for good reason.

It tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly businessman, who refuses to acknowledge the joy of the Christmas season. Through visits from the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future and an old friend, Scrooge is shown the error of his ways. A holiday classic, A Christmas Carol is an enchanting experience that will bring the magic of the season to all ages.

Elizabeth Reid, the production's director, admits to being excited to being able to put one of her favourite stories on the stage. The multi-media production adds a lot to the source material's rich sense of melodrama.

“I have wanted to do a Christmas Carol for a long time,” she said. “It remains something everyone can relate to, because it is a classic and it is timeless.”

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley runs at Festival Hall Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 7 p.m., and the weekend Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26, both days starting at 2 p.m.

Two more shows are set for the following week on Dec. 1 and 2, with a 7 p.m. show on Friday, Dec. 1. The production wraps up Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25, or $15 for students or children, and are available through the Festival Hall box office either in person (open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 noon) or online at www.festhall.ca.

SUhler@postmedia.com