Wade Lynch set to return to the stage in 'A Christmas Carol'

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Christmas musical plays Dec. 13 to 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts

CHARLOTTETOWN — Veteran Island actor Wade Lynch is set to don a cap and nightshirt, starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in Mavor Moore’s musical version of the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

A Christmas Carol” plays this December at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Renae Perry (left), portrays the Ghost of Christmas Past; Oscar Cormier is in the role of Tiny Tim; Justin Simard plays Marley, Julian Kitson has the role of Ali Baba; and Wade Lynch plays Scrooge.

Lynch, who had been a staple in numerous past productions at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, returns to the centre’s stage just in time for Christmas.

“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,” said Lynch, who is 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!”

He has since directed numerous shows at the centre, including “Come-All-Ye,” which he co-created, “Dear Johnny Deere” 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.

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, who portray Marley, Scrooge’s one-time business partner

“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,” said Simard. “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 Dec. 13 to 21 in the Homburg Theatre.


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