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A Christmas Carol 2017-11-29T20:28:19+00:00

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

ROYAL MTC – A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Bah Humbug!

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Starring Rod Beattie

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The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre brings Charles Dickens’ timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim to life in an amazing one-man show! Let the love, hope, and compassion of this classic tale warm your family’s hearts just in time for the holiday season.   www.royalmtc.ca

ONE MAN PLAY ADAPTED AND PERFORMED BY ROD BEATTIE
Regional Tour | November 19 – December 21, 2017

Adapted to a one-man play, this charming holiday classic will provide festive entertainment while melting frosty hearts. As Royal MTC’s annual Regional Tour, this one-man version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL travels to 24 communities across Manitoba and Northern
Ontario from November 19 to December 21.
Cold-hearted and greedy, Ebenezer Scrooge is anything but jolly at Christmas time. Even his nephew Fred and clerk Cratchit get nothing but a “bah humbug” when spreading holiday cheer. But something shifts when the ghost of his business partner Marley visits to save him from his own bitter demise.
Watch his epic transformation in this classic tale of compassion, hope and redemption that will leave hearts glowing.
The Royal MTC Regional Tour’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is generously sponsored by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. With their support, Royal MTC is able to provide an opportunity for audiences outside of Winnipeg to experience live, professional theatre.
Additional sponsors for the tour include MacDon Industries, Wawanesa Insurance, Winnipeg Airports, Authority, with support from the Manitoba Arts Council.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL stars Rod Beattie. The creative team includes Stage Manager Douglas Beattie, Tour Technical Director Ian Kirk and Tour Technician James Thurmeier. Original Music and musical arrangements by Stephen Woodjetts, played by Laura Burton, Donna Claire McLeod, and Andrew Chung, recorded by Jim Neil.


Bah, Humbug?

From Entertain this thought – December 15, 2016
Theatre reviews of Mary Alderson

You know Beattie from his Wingfield series, where he not only plays the main character, city fellow turned farmer, but also all the other characters in the shows. There are at least seven Wingfield plays, hilarious comedies penned by Dan Needles. These plays honed Beattie’s skills in portraying several characters at the same time, even carrying on conversations between several different characters. Beattie can switch up an accent, change the timbre and tone of his voice, curl a lip or raise an eyebrow, and become a completely different person, male or female, young or old.

He’s brought that acting talent to the Christmas story, adapting the old Dickens novel and making it a perfect one-man show. You have to admire Beattie’s stamina – he performs for a full 65 minutes with no back-stage breaks.

It’s the Dicken’s story we all know – Old Scrooge doesn’t want to give his clerk Bob Cratchit a day off for Christmas, and he certainly won’t give him another lump of coal to warm up the office.  That night, the ghost of Scrooge’s long dead business partner, Marley, shows up to tell Scrooge he will be haunted three times.   The ghosts show Scrooge the past, present and future and (spoiler alert!) change his miserly ways, making him giddy with Christmas excitement.

Beattie not only takes us along on Scrooge’s journey, he shows us the reactions of all who encounter Scrooge, and acts as the narrator/story teller, too.  Every character has a different mannerism or walk.   Beattie’s adaptation makes the most of the humour in Dickens’ tale – for example, Mrs. Cratchit’s toast to Scrooge is hilarious.  He also tugs the heartstrings with the predicted sad fate of Tiny Tim.  Then Beattie has great fun with Scrooge’s conversion and his pure joy in buying the big prize turkey.

If you’re a fan of Beattie’s Wingfield, you will love his Christmas Carol.  After having been involved with readings of A Christmas Carol, Rod Beattie is now giving us a wonderful Christmas gift in his presentation of this old story.

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