A CHRISTMAS CAROL ADAPTED BY JAMES HUTCHISON GETS WORLD PREMIERE
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Calgary playwright James Hutchison, is being given its world premiere at the Carriage House Theatre in Cardston Alberta from December 11 to 16th 2017. Tickets are just $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth and can be purchased on-line at the Carriage House Theatre website. www.carriagehousetheatre.com
The production is being directed by Juliann Sommerfeltd who says that A Christmas Carol is a story about hope. “The reason I love the story so much and keep coming back to it is because I love the opportunity it shows that people have a second chance. There’s so much depression in the world that being able to realize that there is another day and that you can write on a brand-new page tomorrow and that no matter where you’ve been you can turn things around and start over is an important message.”
Peter Hague who’s playing Scrooge says, “There’s some Scrooge in all of us and that’s why this time-honoured character is so compelling. Many people in this world, like Scrooge, are too self-absorbed to feel sympathy for others because they evaluate life as the world affects them instead of how they might affect the world. As audiences watch the show I hope they will consider what might be amiss in their lives and make changes that will make their lives and the lives of their fellow men more fulfilling.”
So, gather up the friends and family and come see this fresh, fun and lively adaptation of the classic Christmas tale where you’ll meet Mr. Bentley, learn about the letters Scrooge wrote to his sister Fan, and find out who Mr. Newbury is. You’ll still find all the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future along with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Old Fezziwig, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and the love of Scrooge’s life, Belle. There are some new scary bits, a few good laughs, a tender moment or two and some surprises! It’s a fresh take on an old tale sure to thrill young and old alike.
The Carriage House Theatre
The Carriage House Theatre has been providing the town of Cardston and Southern Alberta with live family oriented entertainment for more than twenty-five years. The Theatre produces a regular season of plays as well as its popular summer musical festival while providing opportunities for talented local youth to participate in live theatre productions. www.thecarriagehousetheatre.com
The Alberta Playwrights Network
The Alberta Playwrights Network exists to nurture Alberta playwrights and provide support for the development of their plays. APN promotes Alberta playwrights and plays to the theatre community, while building and fostering a network of playwrights through education, advocacy and outreach. A Christmas Carol was partly developed and workshopped through the Alberta Playwrights Network Wordshed Program in 2015 with the participation of Trevor Rueger, Laura Parken, Roberta Mauer-Phillips and Julie Orton. www.albertaplaywrights.com
James Hutchison is a Calgary playwright specializing in comedy, romance and mystery and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Alberta Playwrights Network and Theatre Alberta. You can follow James on Twitter @lifeisanact or check out his web site www.jameshutchison.ca where he blogs about writing, marketing and theatre.