Shaw to stage A Christ­mas Carol in Novem­ber

The Niagara Falls Review - - ENTERTAINMENT - JOHN LAW jlaw@post­media.com

The Shaw Fes­ti­val’s new artis­tic di­rec­tor is wast­ing lit­tle time cre­at­ing new tra­di­tions at the Ni­a­garaon-the-Lake com­pany.

Tim Car­roll, who takes over from for­mer artis­tic di­rec­tor Jackie Maxwell this sea­son, will stretch the sched­ule fur­ther with a pro­duc­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ A

Christ­mas Carol to run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 23 at the Royal George Theatre.

The Shaw Fes­ti­val sea­son usu­ally ends in late Oc­to­ber, but Car­roll calls this bonus show “my Christ­mas treat to my­self.”

Car­roll directed a ver­sion of the show in Nor­way last year, to pos­i­tive re­views. His Shaw Fes­ti­val ver­sion will feature 10 mem­bers from the en­sem­ble, along with pup­petry by Alexis Mil­li­gan. Shaw’s mu­sic di­rec­tor Paul Sportelli will also be in­volved.

“I’ve adored A Christ­mas Carol all my life and staged it twice,” says Car­roll, “but I’ve never had the chance to make it hap­pen in such a Dick­en­sian town and theatre.”

Shaw ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tim Jen­nings says the play is a nat­u­ral fit for Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake.

“With its charm­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, horse drawn car­riages and the an­nual Can­dle­light Stroll, Ni­a­garaon-the-Lake is al­ready Canada’s most pic­turesque Vic­to­rian town.”

Car­roll’s first Shaw Fes­ti­val sea­son in­cludes the mu­si­cal Me and

My Girl, the re­turn of Saint Joan, and the thriller Drac­ula. Pre­views be­gin April 5.

Tick­ets for A Christ­mas Carol range from $25 to $75, on sale to the gen­eral pub­lic Satur­day at www.shawfest.com or by phone at 1-800-511-SHAW.

Car­roll

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