Christmas tradition opens at the Playhouse

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Pictured (L-R), in a scene from A Christmas Carol, are Jamie Williams as Cratchit, Gavin/Liam Veinotte, as Tiny Tim; and Conor Veinotte, as the fiddler.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The Upper Canada Playhouse set the stage for a very merry Christmas, this past weekend, with the opening of its holiday show, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

“The Playhouse, along with other professional theatres, has staged this particular version of the classic tale for some very good reasons. It’s designed to be entertaining,” said artistic director, Donnie Bowes, who directed this production. “After all, it is a ghost story.”

The show employs visual and sound effects, spirited live music and a large cast of talented actors who play close to 35 characters in full colourful Victorian costume, explained Bowes. “It’s a visual and musical treat.”

Featuring appearances by Playhouse favourites, Richard Bauer, as Scrooge; Doug Tangney, as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and Jamie Williams as Cratchit/Jacob Marley, the production also includes a generous selection of everyone’s favourite Christmas Carols and spirited dance numbers. Rounding out the stellar cast are Bruce Tubbe, Jessica Vandenberg, Warren Bain, Ryan Jacobs, Meredith Zwicker, Jody Osmond.

Three local brothers also share the stage.  Gavin and Liam Veinotte, take turns at portraying Tiny Tim and brother Conor will appear in every performance as a fiddler, just one of the several instruments played by the multi-talented cast, who also dance, act and sing their way through a very entertaining show.

Kudos to the technical crew, for a job well done on a production which relies heavily on several lighting and sound cues, not to mention the use of a revolving stage which allows scene changes with continuous denouement to the plot. Bravo.

The many visually appealing Victorian costumes were well worth the effort of what must have been well-rehearsed mayhem back stage, to time the costume changes with such precision and accuracy. Bravo again.

“The audience will follow Scrooge on his sometimes scary, sometimes joyous, but always fascinating journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas,” said Bowes. “We all know he gets there in the end, but we love to see it all unfold as part our own Christmas tradition.”

A Christmas Carol runs from November 28 through December 15 with 2PM & 8PM performances. For further information call 613-543-3713/1-877-550-3650 or visit www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.

Organizations: Upper Canada Playhouse, Ghost of Christmas Past

Geographic location: Ontario

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