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Eastern Front Theatre: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
December 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage
Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Jeremy Webb, returns this December for it’s fifteenth year. Rhys Bevan-John stars in the production, which was created & directed by Neptune’s Artistic Director Jeremy Webb.
A Christmas Carol takes place that famous night when miserly ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ is forced to face his greedy ways. Dickens’ cast of characters – Bob Cratchit, Marley, and of course Tiny Tim – make this a holiday classic for the whole family. A Christmas Carol is a heartwarming story about redemption, charity, and the spirit of Christmas.
The show is a traditional telling of the holiday classic, with puppets portraying the ghosts and Webb exercising his acting chops, playing 25 characters. It’s the perfect start to the Christmas season.
This dramatic telling of the holiday classic has met with critical and box office success, playing nearly every venue in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.
“It’s quite mind-blowing, really,” says Webb. “I really feel like we have slowly created a tradition for the holiday season. We have so many folks coming to see this show each year. It’s so rewarding.”
“I was thrilled that we were able to break into the USA market a few years ago, with tours to North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.” Half a million people have seen A Christmas Carol since the beginning of it all.
Webb first created his one-man version of A Christmas Carol in 2003 and it’s never stopped evolving. “Each year we change things up and add new elements,” he says. In 2011, Webb performed the show with Symphony Nova Scotia with an original score by Scott MacMillan. “In 2012, we added a very cool projection element.”
In 2011, a two-disc CD of the show was released, with Symphony Nova Scotia musicians playing and the actor performing thirty roles.
A Christmas Carol was performed by Webb until three years ago, when actor Rhys Bevan-John took over the role to great acclaim.
Rhys first worked on the show, as a puppeteer, in 2003. Over the past 15 years, Rhys has toured with A Christmas Carol a number of times, supporting the show’s original actor. “He was the perfect choice to take over the role,” says Webb. “Not only is he talented, funny and a great actor, but he’s familiar with the job and the show.
Webb retains links with the touring production, having re-directed it in 2015 and producing it through Eastern Front Theatre. “It’s a great opportunity to revisit the material and try some new stuff!” Webb explains. “All the traditional moments are there, but Rhys brings his own style to the show too… Each year it will just get bigger and better.”
Tuesday to Friday – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 2pm & 7:30pm
Approx. 100 minutes (depending on Scrooge’s mood), which includes a 15-minute intermission.