A Christmas Carol
Three Ghosts of Christmas show Scrooge the value of giving. A heart-warming family classic to put you in the holiday spirit. A Christmas Carol, now in its 18th season, is universally beloved for its dynamic themes and uplifting message.
Set and Costume Design by LESLIE FRANKISH
Lighting Design by ROBERT THOMSON
Sound Design by MICHAEL BECKER
The 2017 production of A Christmas Carol has raised $45,067 for Edmonton's Food Bank as of December 18, 2017, bringing the total raised over the years to $985,767 to date.
The best stage version I've ever seen.
The Citadel production is like a fine wine, getting better with the years.
Cast & Creative Team
- Julien ArnoldScrooge (Select Performances)×Julien ArnoldScrooge (Select Performances)
Citadel Theatre credits include: Sense and Sensibility, Evangeline, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sterling Award), The Wizard of Oz, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Travels with My Aunt (Sterling Award). Other Theatre credits: Cocktails at Pam’s, Shockers Delight!, The Glittering Heart (Teatro La Quindicina); A Picasso (Shadow Theatre); A Skull in Connemara (Theatre Network); The End of Civilization (Workshop West Theatre); Spelling Bee (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). Julien will be directing a production of the award-winning play Going to St. Ives this coming April as part of the newly formed Varscona Theatre Ensemble.
- Glenn NelsonScrooge (Select Performances)×Glenn NelsonScrooge (Select Performances)
Glenn’s Citadel credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, One Man, Two Guvnors, Death of a Salesman, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Equus, A Christmas Carol, Amadeus, King Lear, 1984, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other theatre credits in Edmonton include Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and Comedy of Errors (Freewill Players); Little Elephants, The Odd Couple, Uncle Vanya, Fly Fishers Companion, Sexy Laundry, Harvest, and Mistakes Were Made (Shadow Theatre, Sterling nomination).
- Robert BenzRank/Reverend Fish/Coachman×Robert BenzRank/Reverend Fish/Coachman
This is Robert’s second year with A Christmas Carol. He recently appeared in Shakespeare in Love at the Citadel. Robert is a Saskatchewan-born, Edmonton-based actor who has worked with companies across western Canada, including the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Freewill Shakespeare, Edmonton Actors Theatre, Wild Side, Blarney, Dancing Sky, Persephone, Western Canada, Aquarius, Network, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Blackbird, Magnus, Globe, and Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre. Selected television: Corner Gas, renegadepress.com, The Englishman’s Boy, and Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story.
- Darla BiccumMrs. Dilber/matron×Darla BiccumMrs. Dilber/matron
Darla is thrilled be a part of Citadel’s holiday tradition. Select theatre: Superior Donuts (Coal Mine Theatre); The Wizard of Oz, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Marg Szkaluba/Pissy’s Wife (Globe Theatre); Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, A Doll’s House, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Persephone). Film/television: Vampire Dog, Dolan’s Cadillac, The Listener, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Corner Gas. Special thanks to Mary and Bob for all of their support and, as always, love to Sheldon. www.darlabiccum.com
- Oscar DerkxYoung Scrooge/Ghost Future/Vendor×Oscar DerkxYoung Scrooge/Ghost Future/Vendor
Oscar is delighted to be returning for his fourth production of A Christmas Carol with Citadel Theatre. Selected credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel Theatre); The Hothouse Prince (Teatro La Quindicina); Much Ado About Nothing (Thou Art Here); Wish You Were Here (Plain Jane Theatre); Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate Theatre); The Antyssey, and Undercover (Concrete Theatre). He is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a BFA in Acting. Happy holidays!
- Patrick DoddJoseph/Wealthy Father/Fezzi Guest×Patrick DoddJoseph/Wealthy Father/Fezzi Guest
Patrick is a Calgary-born actor and improviser. Recent credits include Sense and Sensibility (Citadel Theatre), Viva and Red (Aenigma Theatre), and The Heart of Robin Hood (Beach House Theatre), as well as performing in the Vancouver International Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon (New York). He has a bachelor’s degree (McGill) and a master’s degree (UBC) in Engineering.
- Beth GrahamMrs. Cratchit/Fezzi guest×Beth GrahamMrs. Cratchit/Fezzi guest
Citadel credits include Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Drowning Girls (co-creator), A Christmas Carol, The Penelopiad, and Death of a Salesman. Beth has worked in theatres across Canada including Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Club Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, and has toured internationally with Catalyst Theatre. Beth’s play, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. In April, her new play, Pretty Goblins, will premiere at Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre.
- Julia GuyBelle/Emmeline×Julia GuyBelle/Emmeline
Julia is an Edmonton and Calgary-based actor and improviser. Select theatre credits include Arcadia, Sense and Sensibility, and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/National Arts Centre); Othello, and Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow); Cymbeline, Fuddy Meers (Studio Theatre, U of A); and Whisper (Studio Theatre/ Catalyst) Julia is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at University of Alberta.
- Aaron HurshFred/Fezzi guest×Aaron HurshFred/Fezzi guest
Based in Saskatoon, Aaron is an actor, director, producer, and technician. Previous Alberta credits include A Christmas Carol and Arcadia (Citadel Theatre), and Ash Rizin (ATP/Green Thumb). Other acting credits include Lungs (Fire in the Hole Productions), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare on the SK), Salt-Water Moon (Station Arts Centre), Quick Bright Things (Persephone Theatre), Dogbarked (Dancing Sky Theatre), and Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre). Aaron trained at the University of Saskatchewan and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
- Alex KellyWilliam/Caleb/Scrooge double/George/fiddler×Alex KellyWilliam/Caleb/Scrooge double/George/fiddler
Born and raised Prince Edward Islander Alex Kelly has performed as Billy in Crazy For You, A-Rab in West Side Story, Evangeline (Citadel); We Are Canadian and Abegweit Soul of the Island (Confederation Centre); Burnett/Lary in Perry Loved Mary (Old Flame Brewing Co); Tyler/Vince in Brantwood 1920-2020, Usnavi in In The Heights, Hello Dolly!, Rolly in Marathon of Hope, Governor Slaton in Parade, and Judas in Godspell (Theatre Sheridan). Lots of love to the fam jam and the Talent House!
- John KirkpatrickJacob Marley/Joe/Grampa Fezzi×John KirkpatrickJacob Marley/Joe/Grampa Fezzi
John’s Citadel credits include A Few Good Men (co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), As You Like It, Rock ‘n’ Roll (co-production with Canadian Stage Company), Julius Caesar, Noises Off, Fully Committed, Stones in His Pockets, Measure for Measure and Servant of Two Masters. Selected recent acting credits include: Guys and Dolls, and Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival); Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage); King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Hamlet (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The Leisure Society (Theatre Network); The Gift of the Coat, That Elusive Spark and The Age of Arousal (Alberta Theatre Projects). John has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. The very best of the holidays!
- Laura KrewskiVegetable Vendor/Granny Fezzi/beetling×Laura KrewskiVegetable Vendor/Granny Fezzi/beetling
Laura’s credits include West Side Story,Spamalot, and As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); Next to Normal (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); Enron (National Arts Centre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and Footloose (The Mayfield); I Think I’m Fallin’, Home is a Beautiful Word, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Belfry Theatre). Laura has choreographed the original musicals Fortune Falls, Vigilante, Nevermore, Frankenstein, and Hunchback for Catalyst Theatre. Laura will be choreographing Mamma Mia! for the Citadel later this season.
- Annette LoiselleMrs. Denham/Tilly/Fezzi maid×Annette LoiselleMrs. Denham/Tilly/Fezzi maid
Citadel credits include Calpurnia in Julius Caesar and directing Shelter, Unity 1918, and Vinegar Tom for Teens at the Turn. Annette is Festival Director for SkirtsAfire and is a co-founder of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, with whom favorite roles include Beatrice (Sterling nomination), Kate, Rosalind, and Queen Elizabeth. Other favorites include The Mothers (SkirtsAfire); Rabbit Hole (ATP); and Bloody Poetry (NLT, Sterling nomination). Annette was most recently in Urinetown at the Edmonton Fringe and looks forward to Fly Me to the Moon with Shadow Theatre next spring.
- Andrew MacDonald-SmithSwiger/Topper×Andrew MacDonald-SmithSwiger/Topper
Andrew’s previous Citadel credits include Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, One Man, Two Guvnors (Sterling Award), Alice Through The Looking-Glass, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins (Sterling Award, Betty Mitchell Award), A Christmas Carol, and The Pillowman. Selected roles include Avenue Q on Broadway, Cocktails at Pam’s, Pith!, Witness to a Conga, The Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors, Shear Madness, The Wizard of Oz, The Liars, The Best Brothers, Crazy for You (Betty Mitchell Award), and Dirty RottenScoundrels.
- David MadawoMr Denham/Fezzi servant×David MadawoMr Denham/Fezzi servant
David studied in the Citadel’s Young Acting Company, and performed in their production of Concord Floral. He appeared in West Side Story and Once on This Island while receiving training at Victoria School of The Arts. He also appeared in Catalyst Theatre’s Songs for Sinners and Saints concert, as well as Fractured directed by Scott Swan at the Edmonton Fringe. Film credits include Defiance in Berlin, a music video called “More” by Arlo Maverick, and Water on Earth, a commercial for ADLC.
- Nancy McAlearMrs. Blum/Mrs. Fezziwig/Laundress×Nancy McAlearMrs. Blum/Mrs. Fezziwig/Laundress
Nancy is a performer, director, and producer. Her company MadFandango Theatre Collective was nominated for 4 Sterling awards this year for her production of The Believers. Other recent directing credits include Hello from Bertha and Talk to Me Like the Rain…(Shaw Festival), and Category E (The Maggie Tree). She will be directing The Romeo Initiative for the SkirtsAfire Festival next March. Nancy has performed across the country in theatre, film and television for close to 30 years.
- Amy SawkaFanny/Nora/Flower Vendor×Amy SawkaFanny/Nora/Flower Vendor
Amy is delighted to be back for another merry Christmas with this amazing team! Recent theatre credits include Ride, Fritters in Kandahar (Lunchbox Theatre); Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears: Alberta Tour (Evergreen Theatre); As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Shakespeare Company Outreach and Bard in the Yard); Drama: Pilot Episode (Alberta Theatre Projects). Amy would like to thank her wonderful family and fantastic friends for their support and love.
- Lilla SolymosTiny Tim/beetling urchin×Lilla SolymosTiny Tim/beetling urchin
Lilla couldn't be more honoured to play Tiny Tim for the third season. She started acting at the Foote Theatre School. She is currently dancing at Shelley's Dance Co. and singing in the Cantilon Choirs. Lilla has appeared as an ensemble member in Charlotte's Web (Festival Place). When she grows up, she would like to be a world-renowned actress, dancer, or maybe both. She wishes a very Merry Christmas to all!
- Shannon TaylorAlice/Fezzi guest×Shannon TaylorAlice/Fezzi guest
Shannon is thrilled to be returning to the Citadel Theatre. Selected theatre credits: School for Scandal, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in Love, The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex (Stratford Festival); The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (National Arts Centre/Theatre Calgary); The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground); Salt-Water Moon (Thousand Islands Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory; The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Dora nomination for The Jones Boy. Upcoming: King Charles III (Mirvish/Studio 180 Theatre).
- Jamie WilliamsBob Cratchit×Jamie WilliamsBob Cratchit
Most recently at the Citadel, Jamie appeared as John Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. He is a two-time participant of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, performing in Arcadia and Romeo and Juliet. In 2017, Jamie portrayed the role of Dr. Watson in Baskerville at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre followed by the role of Sean Merrit in Halfway There at Upper Canada Playhouse. It is a great pleasure to be back at the Citadel reprising the role of Bob Cratchit.
- Ashley WrightFezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present/Mr. Toll×Ashley WrightFezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present/Mr. Toll
Ashley has worked with theatre companies across Canada, including Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Bard on the Beach, Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, The Globe, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Stratford Festival, The Aquarius, Theatre New Brunswick, and Neptune Theatre. Directing credits include: Twelfth Night, Oedipus the King, Miss Julie, Silent Words, I Ain’t Dead Yet, Burlesque!, and Henry V.
- Wayne PaquetteDirector×Wayne PaquetteDirector
Wayne is the Artistic Coordinator at the Citadel Theatre, as well as the Artistic Director of Blarney Productions, a Sterling award-winning, Edmonton-based independent theatre company. Wayne is a director, producer, and stage manager and has been involved with more than 100 productions. He has directed Blackbird, Polaroid Stories, co-directed The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, and assistant directed West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz,The Glass Menagerie, Doubt: A Parable, and Shining City (Citadel Theatre).
- Heather CantAssistant Director×Heather CantAssistant Director
Heather is an accomplished theatre practitioner who works as an actor, director, playwright, and producer. She comes to the Citadel having just completed her post as Associate Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre. She couldn’t be more excited to be diving into the Christmas spirit with a show that is so warmly cherished by the artists that create it and audiences that enjoy it. Up next she will be directing the Thousand Islands Playhouse/ Western Canada Theatre revival of The Birds and the Bees in Kamloops before coming back to Edmonton to appear in SkirtsaFire’s production of The Romeo Initiative. Happy Holidays!
- Leslie FrankishSet and Costume Designer×Leslie FrankishSet and Costume Designer
Leslie began her theatre career as resident Set and Costume Designer for the Citadel Youth Theatre in 1982. Since then, she has designed across Canada for such theatres as the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage Company, the Stratford Festival, and the Shaw Festival where she enjoyed a long term association. For the Citadel, over the last four decades, she has designed 38 shows including Arcadia, Private Lives, Pride & Prejudice, Oliver, Measure for Measure and, her particular favourite, A Christmas Carol. In 2010, as Senior Production Designer of the Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Leslie was honoured to show the world the quiet magnificence of Canada. For pictures and more, visit www.lesliefrankish.com.
- Robert ThomsonLighting Designer×Robert ThomsonLighting Designer
Robert Thomson is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most prolific and versatile lighting designers for theatre, opera and dance. Citadel credits include Private Lives, August: OsageCounty, Wizard of Oz, Macbeth, Oliver! and Peter Pan. He served twelve seasons as Resident Lighting Designer at The National Ballet of Canada, twenty-four seasons at the Shaw Festival and thirteen seasons at the Stratford Festival. He designed for a diverse range of Canadian and International companies, including the NAC, Canadian Stage, RMTC, Globe Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Stuttgart Ballet. His award-winning design for Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung has been seen around the world. His designs have garnered a Sterling Award, four Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the prestigious Siminovitch Prize. He is Associate Professor of Lighting Design for Carnegie Mellon University.
- Michael BeckerSound Designer×Michael BeckerSound Designer
Becker loved Christmas, loved the magic of it. All the more fitting that he was asked to be a part of and to create the score for the Citadel’s production of A Christmas Carol. He was ever so thrilled and proud with its return year after year. Becker had a kinship with the theme of A Christmas Carol. He was compelled to help those in need. Every year, he gave generously to the Salvation Army, an organization that once gave him food and shelter for a night in his early teens. For 35 years, Becker composed music and designed sound for theatre, radio dramas and film. Becker is with us all tonight, a shining star. Merry Christmas, everyone.
- Linda RubinChoreographer×Linda RubinChoreographer
Linda is excited to return to the Citadel for the eighteenth season of A Christmas Carol. Previous Citadel credits include Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some of her choreographic credits include Edmonton Opera, Opera Nuova, Studio Theatre, Theatre Network, Workshop West Theatre, L’UniThéâtre, and other theatres in western Canada. Linda is also engaged in rehearsal direction and mentoring productions for dance and theatre companies. Ms. Rubin is a Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, where she taught in the BFA Acting professional actors’ training program.
- Don HorsburghMusic Director×Don HorsburghMusic Director
Don Horsburgh has music directed multiple Citadel shows, including Crazy for You, West Side Story, Evangeline, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Penelopiad, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, and The Wizard of Oz, and composed for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Pride and Prejudice, Blithe Spirit, and The Constant Wife. He spent 18 seasons as a composer at the Stratford Festival, and music directed Three Penny Opera. He has five Dora Awards, four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, and a Betty Mitchell award.
- Doug MertzDialect Coach×Doug MertzDialect Coach
This is Doug’s ninth year as dialect coach of A Christmas Carol. Recent credits include Shakespeare in Love, Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel Theatre), Vigilante – National Tour (Catalyst Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Opera Nuova) and many others. Doug has taught dialects for the U of A’s BFA Acting program, Theatre Alberta’s Drama Works and Workshops by Request, Rapid Fire Theatre, the Foote Theatre School, and several local high schools. He is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Citadel.
- Michelle ChanStage Manager×Michelle ChanStage Manager
Michelle Chan’s Selected Citadel credits include: Shakespeare in Love, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sense and Sensibility, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Christmas Carol, Avenue Q, Venus in Fur, One Man, Two Guvnors, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Clybourne Park, Spamalot, Private Lives, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women: the Musical, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, Blackbird, The Wizard of Oz, and The Pillowman. Huge thanks to Molly, Rachel & Nyssa (and Al)!
- Molly PearsonAssistant Stage Manager×Molly PearsonAssistant Stage Manager
Molly's recent credits include Stage Managing Bello (Concrete Theatre/l’Unitheatre), The Merchant of Venice (The Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Made In Italy (Beyond the Stage series, The Citadel Theatre), Bust (Theatre Network), The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux (Northern Light Theatre/l’UniTheatre), La Voix Humaine (l’UniTheatre/Opera NUOVA), assistant stage managing Peter and the Starcatcher (The Citadel Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, and Coriolanus (The Freewill Shakespeare Festival), and A Christmas Carol (The Citadel Theatre).
- Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager×Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager
Rachel is a proud Maritimer and graduate of the National Theatre School and St. Thomas University. Select stage management credits include Les Feluettes,The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); Ah, Romance! (Plain Jane Theatre); Annapurna (Shadow Theatre); The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Travesties, The Graduate, Guys and Dolls (Segal Centre); The Other, Bears (Pyretic Productions); A Christmas Carol, Gifts of the Magi (Theatre New Brunswick); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Opera on the Avalon); Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth Festival, Lighthouse Festival); Falsettos (Acting Upstage); Don Giovanni (Glenn Gould School); Ed’s Garage, Footloose (Grand Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (National Arts Centre).
- Nyssa BeairstoApprentice Stage Manager/Child Supervisor×Nyssa BeairstoApprentice Stage Manager/Child Supervisor
Nyssa is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s Stage Management program, and is thrilled to be a part of the tradition of A Christmas Carol. Some of her most recent stage managing opportunities include: Shakespeare in Love, Cunning Little Vixen, Bright Burning, God’s Ear, Never Swim Alone, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Coriolanus. Special thanks to Jen and Kia for life sustaining.
- Adam BlockaChild Supervisor×Adam BlockaChild Supervisor
- Erin ValentineChild Supervisor×Erin ValentineChild Supervisor
- Emma Ingen-HouszChild Supervisor×Emma Ingen-HouszChild Supervisor