Holiday Arts Guide: 3 places to find Scrooge and friends

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      A Christmas Carol

      (At Gateway Theatre from December 7 to 24)

      The creative team looks promising for this new production of the beloved Charles Dickens classic. Michael Shamata has adapted the script, director Rachel Peake takes the helm, and Joelysa Pankanea creates the live score. Veteran stage actor Russell Roberts takes on Ebenezer Scrooge himself, while well-known names like Allan Morgan and Linda Quibell round out the cast. Even the production designers are top-notch, with Drew Facey on sets and Itai Erdal lighting it all.

      Bah! Humbug

      (At SFU Woodward’s in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from December 7 to 16)

      A Christmas Carol gets a sobering refit in modern-day East Vancouver, with Jim Byrnes returning to the role of Scrooge. Through music, words, and colourful art projections by Richard Tetrault, they address such pressing local issues as the housing crisis, poverty, and addiction along the way.

      Little Dickens

      (At the Cultch from December 5 to 22)

      Now here’s a treat: puppetmaster Ronnie Burkett is premiering his new twist on A Christmas Carol here in Vancouver. And you can rest assured that Little Dickens will be fun, warped, and a little inappropriate; the show is, after all, recommended for those 16 and over, even though it’s done with marionettes. It features some favourites from his show The Daisy Theatre: look for diva Esmé Massengill as the miserly, booze-addled Scrooge, and Burkett’s favourite little character, Schnitzel, as Tiny Tim.