A DOUBLE DOSE OF DICKENS

Although the commercialization of Christmas and the very early TV Ads and store displays get on my everloving nerves, I still find immense joy in the holiday season. Once Remembrance Day has passed and we dip into mid/late November, I feel the holiday season can commence and what better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than a Christmas musical featuring local actors and actresses!  

The classic story of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is hitting the stage in musical form, performed by TWO valley community theatre groups. Of course, nothing will ever top the black & white Alistair Sims Christmas Carol film but these two amazing and completely different musical productions will certainly catapult you into holiday mode.  

Up first, Centrestage Theatre in Kentville presents Scrooge: The Musical starring local actor Alan Slipp as the penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge. With a cast of two dozen valley actors and actresses (of all ages) including Keigan Richard, Aaron Kane, Davina Melanson, Marc Charrier, Jilly Richard, Jennifer MacDonald, Don Muise, Melanie Clouthier Coleman, Breagh MacLean, London Cross, Jane Maillet, Keira Melanson, Brandon Taylor,  Isaiah Vallillee, Cedric Van Exel, Sophie Van Exel, Agatha Bourassa, Charlotte Crouch, Beth Irvine, Hailey Kane, Heike Landry, J.Richard Richard, and Tim Vallillee, this delightful musical will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands throughout. Director Thea Burton, no stranger to directing big musicals, has crafted a beautifully staged production with interesting set pieces and musical numbers.  

Scrooge! Is written by  acclaimed musician Leslie Bricusse and it will be on stage Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 3th until December 8. Front of House opens at 6:45, shows at 7:30.  Matinees are on Sundays, November 12,26, December 3, Front of House opens at 1:15, shows at 2:00. Tickets are adults $15: seniors/students $12: children 12 and under $5. CentreStage  takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are hold until 15 minutes before show time and it is strongly recommended you call 902-678-8040 for reservations. And please visit www.centrestagetheatre.ca for information about upcoming shows and auditions.  

Also getting into the holiday spirit (of past, present and future)  is Quick as a Wink Theatre Society in Windsor with their production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical, featuring the classic Dicken’s narrative with completely different music as Scrooge: The Musical. Featuring another stellar cast of over three dozen local actors, A Christmas Carol: The Musical features music by Academy-Award Winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.  A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story and under the direction of Mark Wainman, with musical direction by Katrina Salmon, A Christmas Carol is sure to be a must-see hit.  

A Christmas Carol: The Musical features powerhouse actor Steve Roe as Scrooge, and the three ghosts  are played by Olivia Lee, Logan Levesque, and Francesca Cornetta. Supporting actors include Brian and Cheryl MacDonald, David Foley, Dylan Salmon, Justin Brown, Hannah Moore, and Max Cole and many more.  

Shows will take place at Fountain Performing Arts Centre of King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, December 1, 2, 8, 9, at 7:00 p.m. with special matinees on December 2, 9,and 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at QAAW.ca or by visiting Mosaic Market in Windsor and The Box of Delights Book Shop in Wolfville. This is a family-friendly, holiday must-see show you don’t want to miss! 

Quick As A Wink Theatre Society and Centrestage Theatre are non-profit, charitable, community theatre groups entertaining West Hants, Nova Scotia and beyond. Their objectives and performances are conducted and achieved entirely by volunteers and non-profit means and for years they’ve never steered their patrons wrong with their productions. Enjoy the shows and the preparation for a safe and happy holiday season!  

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