Ready for Christmas? Neither is Scrooge. We all know that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable, bitter old miser who hates irrational things like happiness, generosity, and Christmas. A tale almost as old as time, Pacific Theatre is giving this beloved holiday story new life by transforming it into a live 1940s radio show. Continuing on the success of last year’s It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show, A Christmas Carol: On the Air will bring another classic tale in the setting of a live radio broadcast.
The story is simple: a greedy old penny pincher named Scrooge can’t understand why anyone should give gifts or take holidays or really be generous at all. On Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts who remind him of his past, show him his impact in the present, and reveal a picture of the future. In a joyous redemptive turnabout, Scrooge changes his ways and finds a reason to love.
“One of the beautiful things about presenting A Christmas Carol as a staged radio play is the freedom it provides,” says playwright Peter Church on the production, “Like the tradition of telling ghost stories around a campfire, radio plays tap into the listener’s imagination. In the book, Scrooge’s journey takes him to many locations that are very challenging to show on stage – from deep within the coal mines, to the top of a lighthouse on Christmas Eve. Thankfully, Radio is not confined to the limits of what we can show.”
Artistic Team: Directed by Sarah Rodgers. Featuring Peter Church, Matthew Simmons, Diana Squires, Chris Lam, KIrsty Provan, and Paul Griggs. Set and Costume Design by Amy McDougall. Lighting Design by Kougar Basi. Stage Management by Shelby Bushell.
“The ‘radio play’ is alive and well in the hands of director Sarah Rodgers and adaptation aficionado Peter Church.” – Review Vancouver
Dec 4 – Jan 2 Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, 2pm Saturday matinees and Sunday Nov. 15
Tickets are $22.99-29.99 (not incl. taxes or fee), to book visit www.pacifictheatre.org or call 604.731.5518