What story has five staves, where you know the ending, the middle and the beginning, yet you still eagerly seek it out several times a year – usually all within the same 3-4 week time span? Well, it’s Mr. Dickens, of course, and his “A Christmas Carol”.
First published in December 1843, the fabled tale has probably been reenacted more times than any other written word (I bet it gives even ol’ Wil Shakespeare a run for his money). Those who have portrayed the defiled, then loved Ebenezer Scrooge include Sir Seymour Hicks, Mickey Mouse, Bill Murray, Scrooge McDuck, Patrick Stewart and most recently on the “big screen”, the infallible Jim Carrey. (Incidentally, Jeremy Webb stars and performs all 30 roles in its stage production coming up December 17th and 18th at The Savoy).
This Sunday, come out to enjoy the timeless classic of self-reflection and retribution. Readers for the evening include CBC’s Steve Sutherland, Peggy MacDonald and Hal Higgins. Joining them will be special guests Jim St. Clair and David Dingwall.
Performers for the evening are The Cape Breton Orchestra, under the direction of Noelle Wadden, Winnie and Pat Chafe, and up and comers Breagh MacKinnon and Godsent.
The evening is set as a “pay what you can” admission. All money collected goes to Feed Nova Scotia, who then help out our strapped Cape Breton food banks. There will also be 50/50 tickets and door prizes. All in all, it’s a lovely night out for a very lovely cause.
And what’s a kick off to Christmas without hearing those rousing words of Tiny Tim. Come on, you know them. All together now. “God (insert deity/deities of choice here) bless us, everyone!”