AN X’MAS CLAS­SIC UN­WRAPPED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

A MU­SI­CAL re-telling of Charles Dick­ens’ A Christ­mas Carol is be­ing brought to life at the Old Mill The­atre this De­cem­ber.

Writ­ten by James Leisy and di­rected by Justin Freind, Scrooge is closely adapted from the mu­sic and screen­play from the 1970 film of the same name.

It fol­lows the clas­sic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge who, through greed, has lost all that is good but un­der­goes re­demp­tion on Christ­mas Eve af­ter be­ing vis­ited by the ghosts of Christ­mas past, present and fu­ture.

“Com­poser James Leisy calls Scrooge ‘a mu­si­cal play’,” Mr Freind said.

“It has all the won­der­ful char­ac­ters we know and love from A Christ­mas Carol and it’s a lot of fun for all the fam­ily.

“One of the big­gest chal­lenges di­rect­ing this show is how to stage it – the Old Mill The­atre stage isn’t ex­actly huge so it’s been an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge try­ing to work out how we are go­ing to set it and make it work.

“Also, with a cast of about 25, it’s a chal­lenge where they will all go, even off-stage. I may have to hang some of them from the rafters be­cause we only have two dress­ing rooms.

“But that’s the fun of live the­atre and, in the end, it’s usu­ally the chal­lenges that make us want to do this.”

First per­form­ing at age seven with the Bridgetown Reper­tory Club, Freind has been on the stage ever since.

Scrooge plays at 7.30pm De­cem­ber 2,3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16 with 2pm mati­nees De­cem­ber 4 and 11.

Tick­ets are $25, $20 con­ces­sion and peo­ple can book on­line at http://old­millthe­atre.com.au/tick­ets or on 9367 8719.

Ge­orge O’Do­herty and Barry Park are ap­pear­ing in Scrooge this De­cem­ber.

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