The cat’s out of the bag! The Citadel Theatre will produce my new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol this December!
I’ve been working on this new version since January 2018, which explains why I’ve been singing Christmas songs in the middle of August and playing endless rounds of my daughter’s favourite new game: “Scrooge and Jacob Marley.”
I’m just finishing up draft three, but we’ve already had one workshop and are in the process of engaging our creative team. I’ll post more details as they emerge, but I’m very pleased that the play will be directed by the Citadel’s new talented, ambitious, and deeply human Artistic Director, Daryl Cloran. Daryl directed the premiere production of my play Liberation Days at Theatre Calgary and Western Canada Theatre, and I’m over the moon to be working with him again.
Writing a new version is a daunting task! A Christmas Carol is a story that lives deep within the hearts of Edmontonians, evidenced by their long history of coming out year after year to see the classic story of redemption. I don’t take that lightly. This new version will be full of theatrical magic and beautiful music. At its heart will be the classic tale of redemption, as we watch Scrooge transform from closed-off miser to a real human being with an opened soul.
I’ll be posting more details as they emerge, as well as a link for tickets when they become available.
You can also watch a livestream of the Citadel’s entire season launch HERE. The bit about A Christmas Carol (including some more info from me) starts at about the 30 minute mark.
The show runs November 30-December 23, 2019.