Wade Lynch set to return to the stage in ‘A Christmas Carol'December 3, 2013
Christmas musical plays December 13 to 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Island audiences aren't used to going a few years without seeing Wade Lynch strut his stuff at Confederation Centre. Well the wait is over, as the fan favourite is set to don cap and nightshirt, starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in Mavor Moore's musical version of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.
"I miss the stage more than anything. I got into show business initially as an actor and it is still how I most self-identify," says Lynch, also the Centre's associate artistic director. "As my directing career has expanded, my performing opportunities have consequently diminished - especially at The Charlottetown Festival. Getting back on stage to play Scrooge now is an honour and a tonic!"
Lynch has been busy since his last stage appearance, 2011's Buddy! Since then he has directed numerous shows at the Centre, including Come-All-Ye, which he co-created, Dear Johnny Deere, Kitchen Witches, Sexy Laundry, and Separate Beds. His duties also include teaching with the Centre and Holland College's shared School of Performing Arts (SoPA), and producing the annual Christmas show. When asked what attracted him to A Christmas Carol and the iconic role, Lynch asserts that it is the show's great music, and central theme of transformation.
"The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast - I like them all because, at heart I'm a romantic and in my universe, good does succeed over evil," he explains. "I also believe in the power of self-reflection. Scrooge doesn't realize how miserable he is until the spirits remind him how he once was."
Lynch adds that the appeal of Scrooge is the range in the character. "He must journey from the darkest part of his soul into the realm of wonderful possibility; the challenge is to keep it truthful. I'm looking forward to the test!"
Presented in partnership with Holland College, this holiday classic is directed and choreographed by Liz Gilroy, and features the ‘Bah Humbug' orchestra under the direction of Don Fraser. Joining Lynch on stage is a 52-member cast, including 20 students from the SoPA program. Additional casting is held by community theatre members, including P.E.I.'s Justin Simard. Simard will portray Marley, Scrooge's one-time business partner who pays the penny-pincher a ghostly visit on Christmas Eve. "I'm drawn to this Mavor Moore piece not only because he's a Canadian icon, but because Christmas Carol is a perfect marriage between theatre and song," says Simard from a break in rehearsals. "Bob Fosse said that ‘we sing when speaking isn't enough', and it is amazing to see how the words that Dickens wrote fly off the page when sung."
A Christmas Carol plays December 13 to 21 in the Homburg Theatre. Appreciation is extended to Canadian Heritage; to the City of Charlottetown; to production sponsor, Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre; to Sobeys, title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre, and to P.E.I. Energy Systems, Performance Sponsor for select nights. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and Bell Aliant.
Photo Cutline: A Christmas Carol plays this December at Confederation Centre of the Arts. From left are actors Renae Perry (Ghost of Christmas Past), Oscar Cormier (Tiny Tim), Justin Simard (Marley), Julian Kitson (Ali Baba), and Wade Lynch (Scrooge), (Fraser McCallum photo).
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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