BarnDoor Productions’ (BDP) adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is returning to the stage in Perth on Dec. 2. First produced in 1997, the show combines drama, choral work, Charles Dickens’ marvellous words, music from five centuries, a cast of nearly 20, and what may be the most boisterous jig you’ll ever see.
Putting together a fresh approach to a classic is always tough, but BDP’s original version of the oft-adapted story succeeds beautifully. The show is fast-paced, funny, moving and, above all, entertaining – an all-round crowd pleaser. It’s a true ensemble work, with its cast taking on the 50 characters in Dickens’ book, as well as turning the narrative parts of the book into an exciting montage of voices and sounds. Those voices also adapt themselves to music that ranges from 14th century four-part harmony to some decidedly modern beats.
Those who are interested in exciting holiday entertainment won’t want to miss this production. This staging of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic will be both familiar and fresh to its audiences — familiar, because there is probably not one person in North America who has not seen or read at least one version of the story; and fresh because BDP is using the text of the book itself, bringing Dickens’ own words back to the tale.
Of course, A Christmas Carol without Christmas carols would be unthinkable and there will plenty of music present, from the silly (The Boar’s Head Carol and Wassail All Over The Town) to the tender (Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child, and Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming) to stirring numbers like Torches, Torches. These traditional tunes get some contemporary treatment that is sure to be both surprising and exciting.
BDP’s trademark high-energy performances, Dickens’ wonderful story and the beautiful intimacy of Perth’s 102-seat Full Circle Theatre will make Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol a memorable, entertaining and not-to-be-missed evening.
Performances will be Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Full Circle Theatre, 26 Craig Street, near Last Duel Park in Perth. Reserved tickets will be $20; $22 at the door. Students and children are $10. For information or to reserve tickets, call 613 267 1884 or go to www.barndoorproductions.ca.
Photo Submitted: Old Fezziwig’s Dance. It’s a rousing, boisterous version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol that will be presented starting December 2 at Perth’s Full Circle Theatre. With music, dancing, lots of laughter and Dickens’s own words, this unique adaptation has been a crowd-pleaser in previous productions, as seen here in a shot from the original 1997 version. The show runs until December 11.