Auditions on September 29, 30 for Mavor Moore’s classic musical
CHARLOTTETOWN — Mavor Moore’s hit musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is coming to life this holiday season at Confederation Centre of the Arts.
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Charlottetown Festival favourite Wade Lynch will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in Mavor Moore’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” his first Confederation Centre stage appearance since 2011’s “Buddy!”
Sponsored by Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre, and presented in partnership with the Holland College School of Performing Arts and community theatre members, this enduring favourite tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an impatient, greedy man, whose ‘bah humbug’ view of Christmas changes after three ghostly visits on Christmas Eve.
The centre’s associate artistic director, Wade Lynch stars as Scrooge while Toronto-based director and choreographer Liz Gilroy is set to direct. The centre’s Don Fraser is musical director.
“Mavor Moore knew how to tell a story on stage. Fifty rewarding years of ‘Anne of Green Gables—The Musical’ proves that,” says Lynch. “Consider Scrooge’s sung defense of Christmas as a humbug, singing ‘what’s Merry Christmas but a time for periodic folly? If ev’ry fool who utters it were stuffed with his own holly and boiled in his own pudding-juice, he wouldn’t be so jolly!’
“Moore knows how to move the narrative along in song. His writing is spare, sharp, and very funny.”
Gilroy is an alum of the Charlottetown Festival alum fast becoming a sought-after choreographer and director. Island audiences may remember her as Diana Barry from the 1996 production of “Anne” and she also played Gertie Pye in the Alan Lund-directed version of the show at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre.
A Christmas Carol plays Dec. 13 to 21 in the Homburg Theatre.
Auditions will be held in the Mawson Rehearsal Hall at the Centre on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. and at Studio 1 on Monday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Producers are looking for actors of all ages for featured and supporting roles and for ensemble singing.
Actors are required to prepare one song and one contemporary monologue, and may be asked to move or dance briefly.
Those auditioning are required to bring a photo, a resume and sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided, and recorded music is also permitted. Contact Cindy Riley for an audition time at 628-6102.