2.2 C
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Connecting Our Communities

How it all began for the classic tale

Lost & Found Theatre set to stage a new production of Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol


News Briefs

Woolwich nixes traffic islands Displeased with the troublesome pedestrian islands installed during the Region of Waterloo’s reconstruction of Church Street...

Woolwich proposes 5% tax hike for 2020

Budget talks underway this week, Woolwich council is looking at five per cent hike in property taxes, a...

20-year-old agreement causes a stir

An Elmira environmentalist’s “smoking gun” appears to be shooting blanks. Al Marshall, a long-time critic of cleanup efforts at...

Woolwich looks to add green projects as part of climate action plan

Planting trees remains Woolwich’s priority in rolling out a 0.5 per cent greening levy on property taxes again...


light rain
2.2 ° C
4 °
-0.6 °
48 %
90 %
4 °
1 °
0 °
-1 °
-3 °

A story of redemption, transformation and the spirit of the holiday season, A Christmas Carol is a classic tale told thousands of times over. The story behind the book and its author are the focus of a Lost & Found Theatre production that opens next week.

In this season’s remount of last year’s successful production of Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol, Lost & Found Theatre has made some tweaks to the show, adding some new elements.

Spokesperson Hannah Ziss says this year’s run boasts some improvements.

“We can say with certainty that this is a better show than last year and we are really excited about that,” she said. “It is the same play, with the same director, and it is a lot of the same design, but we are always looking for ways to improve.”

The show takes the well-known story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-come and Bob Cratchit and his family. Published just before Christmas in 1843, the story was released at a time when Dickens was becoming disillusioned with the Industrial Revolution and the commercialism it brought. Ziss says the play tells the story of Dickens while he is writing the story made to sway the masses back to the magic of Christmas rather than the materialism that plagues the holiday time these days.

Transformation and generosity, as seen in Scrooge’s storyline, are ideas Ziss says she wants the audience to ruminate on during, and after the show.

“There is a reason why people have connected to this story for almost 200 years. He is looking out at a London that was going through the changes of the Industrial Revolution, which brought so much of the way that we consume in today’s world,” she said. “He demonstrates such a universal sentiment through Scrooge’s loss of relationships and how we are always able to reclaim that. When people leave the show, they will feel a sense of hope about the world because of our ability to be reborn in the way that Scrooge is in this story. I think that it is easy to be cynical about the way the world is and the way that we are in the world and this story demonstrates that we have avenues to change. That is very exciting.”

Vince Carlin plays Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol, which begins its run Dec. 14 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener. [Submitted]
Vince Carlin plays Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol, which begins its run Dec. 14 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener. [Submitted]

Young actor Parker Merlihan is part of the cast for the second year in a row, and Ziss says he is one of the only members who is playing very different roles this time around.

“Last year, Parker played young Scrooge, but this year he is far too tall and looks way older, so it is an interesting progression for Parker, playing a young boy in the story last year, to being a much more adult character. Now, he is playing young Jacob Marley, who is a young adult, and the character of William in Christmas Future. He is also in the chorus of carolers. He is a strong talent. It is very fun. Most of the other people that have come back have come back in the same roles, but Parker is one of the only that has come back in a different role. It has been exciting for him to experience the show in a new context.”

Elmira Theatre Company member Deb Deckert is also onboard as the show’s assistant director, part of Lost & Found Theatre’s professional mentorship program.

The show will be performed for region audiences 12 times this year, starting on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. There are morning, matinee and evening showings right up until Dec. 23 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener.

Tickets are $18 for students and $29 for adults. The Dec. 14 preview showing has reduced prices at $22 for adults. They can be purchased by phone at 519-896-2253, at the box office one hour before the performance begins, or online at www.lostandfoundtheatre.ca.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.


Catholic teachers join public board on the picket lines

Local Catholic elementary and high school teachers hit the picket lines Tuesday, marching up and down Arthur Street in Elmira as part of a one-day, province-wide strike. It’s not an...

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

Job vacancies become harder to fill in the townships

It’s becoming increasingly tough for employers to find the right candidates to fill vacancies, particularly in local and rural areas, says a new report...

Jacks post first loss of 2020, but post wins on either side

A four-game winning streak to start the new year having come to an end Saturday, the Wellesley Applejacks rebounded Tuesday night to post...

Sugar Kings lose for the first time in 2020

A couple of streaks came to an end Sunday as the Elmira Sugar Kings played their lone game of the week: the four...

Woolwich whittles down tax hike somewhat to 3.9%

Woolwich taxpayers are looking at a 3.9 per cent tax hike as councillors last week made a few tweaks to the budget, dropping...
- Advertisement -