We’re delighted to announce that for our 22nd annual Holiday Musical at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, we’re presenting the world premiere of a brand new title….A CHRISTMAS CAROL, The Family Musical with a SCROOGE LOOSE!
Everyone’s favourite curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge discards his Humbug credo and pushes his big plan to own the holiday season. “I MUST HAVE THE HOLIDAYS! I MUST HAVE THEM!! I MUST!!!”
Scrooge, Cratchit, Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are joined by newly minted lovebirds Jane and Jack the Wrapper (yep…that’s the correct spelling), a girl group, and a gang of Ghostdusters on Christmas Eve, 1850’s London (Ontario). Will Scrooge succumb to the true meaning of Christmas? With a show full of songs, dances, jokes, topical references and ad libs, Mr. Scrooge may indeed be won over to the bright side.
With visions of Pantos dancing in his head, Charles Dickens will be rolling in his grave…with laughter. As the master storyteller once said, “There’s nothing so irresistibly contagious as laughter, good humour….and audience participation.” (Well, he didn’t actually say the last part).
Last year’s gorgeous and talented Sleeping Beauty AJ Bridel (Kinky Boots/Anne at the Charlottetown Festival) returns to create the role of Jane, Scrooge’s executive assistant.
Panto perennial and everyone’s favourite ginger Eddie Glen is back for his 15th panto to play Bob Cratchit, the long-suffering side kick to a greedy, vindictive bully…..think Donald Trump and Sean Spicer/Reince Priebus/Anthony Scaramucci, and ?????? Well, at least Scaramucci didn’t suffer for long.
The king of Humbug is played by a newcomer to the Elgin Theatre, Cyrus Lane. A veteran of Stratford, SoulPepper, Murdoch Mysteries, and a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Cyrus is equally at home in musicals, dramas and standup comedy.
A Christmas Carol will be tied up in gorgeous holiday wrapping by director/choreographer Tracey Flye. One of Canada’s busiest directors, Tracey has worked her Panto magic at the Elgin since 2002.
We can’t wait to see you at the Elgin this winter where you’ll experience a show to delight children and adults alike. Look out Mr. Scrooge…..your Boos are waiting!