The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
BAH! HUMBUG! Adapted
from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
12 - 14 Dec 7:30pm (14 Dec 2pm) | SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings St.
Max Reimer Music Direction Nen Weisensel Cast
Jim Byrnes, Margo Kane, Steve Maddock, and Tom Pickett
is an eastside pawnbroker in this fun version of A Christmas Carol.
Scrooge is played by our very own talented musician and actor, Jim
Brynes, and he does a fine job in his role. This is a script reading
performance and acted out on a small stage with actors occupying a line
of chairs. Bah! Humbug! is a benefit for downtown eastside arts groups.
The evening starts out with the audience singing "The Twelve Days of
Christmas" from music sheets that are handed out. With a new twist, Sam
Bob, First Nations Carver, gives a carved walking stick to a stranger.
The walking stick represents the Spirit of Christmas. In one scene,
this beautifully carved walking stick represents little Tim, who, because
of his illness, has to use one.
Steve Maddock creates a fabulous and scary ghost of Scrooge’s
old partner, Jacob Marley. His wailing is loud and bone-chilling as
it should be. It is clever how Maddock uses his wide-knit scarf to represent
his chains of bondage.
There are some unique and funny lines like the comparison with Scrooge’s
wealth with Oprah’s. What makes this show most appealing is that
it takes place in our very own home town of Vancouver in 2013. Scrooge
sends a fellow down the street to purchase a big turkey at Save-On-Meats.
A plus to tonight’s performance is the wonderful singing by The
Saint James Music Academy Youth Choir that sends melodic notes down
to the stage from the balcony.
There are many wonderfully funny lines in this play but I don’t
want to spoil it for you in case you are going down to the eastside
to see it. A thumbs up!
2013 Karen Fitzgibbon