A time honoured story about love, charity and the holiday season; the Danthonia Bruderhof community will put their own spin on the Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol next week.
Helmed by Chris Voll as the iconic miser Scrooge, a multigenerational cast will bring the Christmas classic to life in two free performances on Wednesday and Thursday, December 12-13.
“For anyone who doesn’t know the story, it’s a great way to hear it for the first time - to see it on stage,” Chris said.
“What makes the story so magical is the transformation that Ebenezer Scrooge goes through from a curmudgeonly, miserly old man to somebody who learns to love his fellow man and to understand the real meaning of Christmas; and the fact that each one of us is invited to do what we can to make a difference in the lives of those around us.”
Keeping to the roots of the much adapted tale, the play will take audiences back into 1840s London as the cold-hearted protagonist is visited by the ghosts of Christmas.
Norann Voll and Lester Wright will help Scrooge face up to the consequences of his selfish behaviour and remind him of more innocent times as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present. The identity of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come will remain a mystery.
“There’s so much that’s universal about the story and its message. Lots of good humour in it,” Chris said.
At six foot four, Henry Moody will make a memorable impression as the ghost of Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley.
Danthonia high school teacher Christian Domer will take on the role of Scrooge’s first employer, Mr Fezziwig, while Martin and Christina Koppschall will play opposite one another as Mr and Mrs Cratchit.
“There are many couples involved in the play, some playing across from their spouses, and some not, which has added to some of the hilarity in the rehearsals,” Chris laughed.
“That’s definitely been one of the fun things about it. We’ve decided to rope in a bunch of different people who wouldn’t necessarily get a chance to shine in a production like this.”
He said he hopes the audience has as much fun as the cast, and go home thinking about how Dickens’ simple lessons can apply to their own lives.
“His intent was to give people something to think about,” Chris said.
A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Danthonia Bruderhof community on 4188 Gwydir Highway Elsmore, from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
The play contains some frightening scenes not suitable for young children. It is expected to run for 1 hr, 45 min, with refreshments available afterwards. RSVPs are not required. To learn more, or for directions, call the community on 6723 2213.
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