A fresh take on classic A Christmas Carol

Ryan Gladstone writes and directs this clever new take on a holiday classic. The production stars Maple Ridge
Ryan Gladstone writes and directs this clever new take on a holiday classic. The production stars Maple Ridge's Tara Travis.
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A comical take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to the Maple Ridge ACT, just in time for the holidays.

Monster Theatre’s performance features more than 50 characters, puppets, songs, dance numbers, and flying ghosts, all performed by just two actors.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published as a novella in 1843.  It received instant success and critical acclaim.  The story tells of mean-spirited, miserly old man, Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

This retelling begins with the opening night performance of the classic tale, but due to the impossible demands being made on them, all the actors have quit just prior to the first performance…all except one, that is.

Not wanting to refund the tickets for a sold-out opening night, the curmudgeonly Producer declares that the show must go on.

The lone remaining cast member, not wanting to disappoint the throngs of children with their moms and dads who have filled the theatre, agrees to help out. Together, they take to the stage and perform the entire play themselves.

Monster Theatre previously brought Mini-Masterpieces and The Shakespeare Show to the ACT with great success.

Their take on A Christmas Carol comes to the ACT on Dec. 1.

• For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.theactmapleridge.org. Tickets from $13, family four-pack for $45.

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