›› Mark Dusseault

As humans, we are drawn to stories of redemption. Charles Dickens’ A ­Christmas Carol is one of the world’s most ­affecting and enduring stories. It is a story of the human heart, and our potential for ­goodness, compassion and charity.

Ebenezer Scrooge, a “tight-fisted old sinner”, is the perfect character to take us on this journey. From miser to man reborn, Ebenezer has inspired the imaginations of millions.
Written in 1843 in response to the social ills of Victorian England, A Christmas Carol profoundly changed western culture, reinvigorating the notion of Christmas and adding the now fundamental idea of ­charity at this time of year.

While the story is 174 years old, it is as fresh today as it was in 1843. It is ­profoundly optimistic, with the message that it is never too late to start doing the right things.

From November 28 to December 17, 2017 the Belfry Theatre will reprise its much lauded production of Charles ­Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Veteran actor Tom McBeath returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. Fernwood residents Celine Stubel and 8 year old Azura Lepard (from George Jay Elementary) play Mrs. Cratchit and Belinda respectively.
Playing the other Cratchit children are Lauren Alberico (who just graduated from Claremont Secondary) as Martha, William Robertson (from école Victor-Brodeur) as Peter, and 7 year old Jude Culham-Keays (from Brentwood Elementary) as Tiny Tim.

UVic alumnus Gerry Mackay returns as Jacob Marley (and the ghosts), with ­newcomers Evan Frayne as Bob Cratchit and Conor Wylie as Fred.

Amanda Lisman (from the TV series Suits) returns as Belle, while real-life couple Brian Linds and Jan Wood return as The Fezziwigs. Rounding out the cast are John Han and Jessica Hickman as Spirits.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol are available at 250-385-6815 or belfry.bc.ca.