DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed for the stage by Jeremy Webb
Now featuring RHYS BEVAN-JOHN
November 28 - December 24, 2017
Neptune's Scotiabank Stage
The classic holiday show brought lovingly to life.
Whether read aloud with family and friends or in solitude on a chill winter evening to savor the story, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience.
Take a break from the Holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this holiday classic. Often Hilarious, sometimes spooky; Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been lovingly recreated for the whole family.
Tried and tested, Webb’s Christmas Carol has met with fantastic critical and box office success!
Every Christmas it’s the story that will warm our hearts. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving.
Bevan-John plays all twenty roles in the production, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim. It has to be seen to be believed! Charles Dickens himself would perform the piece in performances such as this one.
“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart,” says Scrooge.
Even if you agree with Ebenezer, this popular production of Dickens’ favourite will get you in a Yuletide mood.
Production photos: Stoo Metz
CLICK THIS LINK to: READ MORE ABOUT THE SHOW in this LocalXpress.ca story from Dec 12th, 2016
Rhys is returning to the show he first worked on as a puppeteer in 2003. Over the past 11 years, Rhys has toured with A Christmas Carol a number of times, supporting the show’s original actor, Jeremy Webb. “He’s the perfect choice for the role,” says Webb. “Not only is he talented, funny and a great actor, but he’s familiar with the job and the show. “
Rhys took over the role last year, to great acclaim.
Webb retains links with the touring production, having re-directed it in 2015 and producing it through Eastern Front Theatre. “It’s a great opportunity to revisit the material and try some new stuff!” Webb explains. “All the traditional moments are there, but Rhys brings his own style to the show too… Each year it will just get bigger and better.”
There are school matinees available for booking.
Neptune Theatre Box Office: 902 429-7070
Tickets: $22.40 - $32.00
Prices include box office service charges.
Prices do not include HST.
Performance Schedule - 2017
Tue Nov 28 - 7.30pm PWYC / Preview
Wed Nov 29 - 7.30pm Preview
Thur Nov 30 - 7.30pm Opening
Fri Dec 1 - 7.30pm
Sat Dec 2 - 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun Dec 3 - 2pm
Mon Dec 4 DAY OFF
Tue Dec 5 - 10am
Wed Dec 6 - 10am
Thur Dec 7 - 10am
Fri Dec 8 - 10am & 7.30pm
Sat Dec 9 - 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun Dec 10 - 2pm
Mon Dec 11 DAY OFF
Tue Dec 12 - 10am
Wed Dec 13 - 10am
Thur Dec 14 - 10am & 7.30pm
Fri Dec 15 - 7.30pm
Sat Dec 16 - 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun Dec 17 - 2pm
Mon Dec 18 DAY OFF
Tue Dec 19 - 7.30pm
Wed Dec 20 - 7.30pm
Thur Dec 21 - 7.30pm
Fri Dec 22 - 7.30pm
Sat Dec 23 - 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun Dec 24 - 2pm & 7.30pm
The 2017 Team
SYLVIA BELL (Stage Manager, Technical Director)
RHYS BEVAN-JOHN (the Actor) is an award winning actor and writer as well as one of the most exciting young artists in Nova Scotia. Whether working on stage or screen he is known for bringing his unique vision, rare honesty and incredible sense of humour to every project he works on.
Rhys trained at the Neptune Theatre school and has been working as a professional actor, writer and director for almost fifteen years. He has played to full houses and received four star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured much of the world with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Rhys has performed with most of the professional theatre companies in Nova Scotia, including Neptune Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea. Rhys graced the cover of The Coast after being named Best Actor in their 2014 reader’s poll for his performance in the title role of Hamlet and also won the ACTRA Maritimes “Outstanding Male Performance in a Lead Role” award for the film Roaming.
Rhys thinks deeply about the world in which he lives and uses his art to not only entertain but to make a difference in the lives of others.
SIMON HENDERSON (Puppeteer) Born and raised in New Brunswick, Simon attended Acadia University and made his professional debut at the Atlantic Theatre Festival as Barnaby in The Matchmaker. Subsequently he made his home in Halifax, and has been privileged to work with a number of diverse theatre companies.
Favourite roles include: Edward in Skylight (TNB); Dr. Oscar in Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (Zuppa Theatre); Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare by the Sea); Simon in Our Town (Two Planks); Christy in The Devil’s Disciple (Neptune); and Shakespeare in the long-running Shakespeare on Trial alongside Jeremy Webb (Off the Leash).
Currently residing in Toronto, Simon is glad to be here – this marks his return as puppeteer for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Wahoo! Merry Christmas indeed!
Here’s what Stephen Pedersen of The Chronicle Herald said in his review:
“A professional Brit-panto audience-charmer and one of the best character actors in the country, if not the continent, Webb was fast on his feet, nimble-witted and superbly comic as Ebeneezer Scrooge, and just about everybody else, in his one-man presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Dickens’ indestructible 168-year-old tale of the power of Christmas to transmute a desperately unhappy miser into a hysterical philanthropist could not have been in better hands.
Webb’s ability to inflect the spoken word with a brief, incisive physical gesture that subtly conveys all its wit and salty character right to the very last row of the Cohn balcony, played delightful havoc with his broad, farcical, panto style for the blissed-out audience.
The British “panto”— or pantomime — originated with the Italian Commedia dell’Arte street theatre of the Middle Ages. It evolved by the end of the 19th century into the British music hall style, which, like American vaudeville, inflected traditional stories with slapstick humour and addressed the audience directly as Ricky Gervais does in Extras with his challenging, “Are you having a laugh?”
Getting the audience to participate is full of imagined terrors for theatre-goers, who find it almost impossibly intimidating to exchange the secure anonymity of a theatre seat in the dark for the bright exposure of the stage. Webb’s skilful easing of that terror allowed a man in the second or third row to impersonate the character of the little boy whom Scrooge addresses in the street.
Calling the volunteer a “terrifically good sport,” Webb created an instant straight man for his comedy, working him almost seamlessly into the final part of the story when Scrooge provides the Cratchit family with Christmas dinner.
Macmillan’s music was both clever and mood-changing. All of it was derived from Christmas carols we all know. It served both as underscoring and intermezzo-ish straight arrangements of carols like Hark the Herald Angel’s Sing, Adeste Fidelis, Angels We Have Heard on High and O Tannenbaum. He also threw in an unacknowledged quote of haunting passages from the Coventry Carol.”