A Christmas Carol
THIS ADAPTATION'S FINAL SEASON!
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 19th (and final) season, is universally beloved for its dynamic themes and uplifting message.
Don't forget your donations to Edmonton's Food Bank!
Stay tuned for an announcement about our new version of A Christmas Carol, coming in winter of 2019.
Directed by WAYNE PAQUETTE
Originally Directed by BOB BAKER
Music Direction by STEVEN GREENFIELD
Choreography by LINDA RUBIN
Set and Costume Design by LESLIE FRANKISH
Lighting Design by ROBERT THOMSON
Original Music and Sound Design by MICHAEL BECKER
The best stage version I've ever seen.
It’s still a show for everyone who figures they’ve heard enough of “Merry Christmas” to last a lifetime.
There’s really nothing more comfortable and heartwarming than indulging in a viewing of The Citadel’s annual production of A Christmas Carol.
The Citadel production is like a fine wine, getting better with the years.
Cast & Creative Team
- Julien ArnoldEbenezer Scrooge×Julien ArnoldEbenezer Scrooge
Julien is an Edmonton-based actor who has performed with many of the city’s theatre companies. Favourite roles at the Citadel include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and Brave Sir Robin in Spamalot, as well as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. He’s very proud and honoured to have been a part of this magical production over the last 19 years. Julien’s also an ensemble member with Teatro La Quindicina, and runs Atlas Theatre.
- Jeremy BaumungJacob Marley/Old Joe/Grandpa Fezziwig×Jeremy BaumungJacob Marley/Old Joe/Grandpa Fezziwig
Jeremy Baumung is an Edmonton based actor/writer/solar electrician. It has been a few years since Jeremy has performed on stage. Some of his favourite past theatre credits include: The Last Five Years for Theatre Network, Sweeney Todd and Pride and Prejudice for the Citadel Theatre, Hunchback for Catalyst Theatre, Are We There Yet? for Concrete Theatre, as well as his one man show, Homeless. He loves his courageous and beautiful wife, and his two lovely children.
- Robert BenzMr. Toll/Reverend Fish×Robert BenzMr. Toll/Reverend Fish
This is Robert’s third year with A Christmas Carol. He also appeared in Shakespeare in Love at the Citadel last season. Other recent work: Tragedy: a tragedy (Blarney); Hamlet and A Comedy of Errors (Freewill); Terry and the Dog (Edmonton Actors Theatre). Robert has been working in theatre for almost 30 years and is still trying to get it right. Merry Christmas.
- Mat BusbyFred×Mat BusbyFred
Trained at the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program, Mat has been delighted to perform everything from Shakespeare to light hearted farce in his time since graduating in 2006. Previously at the Citadel, he has been seen in One Man, Two Guvnors, Vimy, and Equus. He has also worked with many Canadian theatre companies, including Teatro La Quindicina, Workshop West Theatre, Bright Young Things, and Shadow theatre here in Edmonton, and looks forward to many more delightful experiences to come!
- Patricia CerraFanny/Nora×Patricia CerraFanny/Nora
Citadel credits: The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, Shakespeare In Love (Citadel/RMTC). Other credits: A Lesson in Brio, I Heard About Your Murder (Teatro La Quindicina); Soliciting Temptation (Sage/Shadow); and Gordon (Theatre Network). She has also worked with Blarney Productions, Send in the Girls, Northern Light Theatre, Concrete Theatre and the Alberta Workers Health Centre. Training: Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; University of Alberta BFA program. Upcoming: Miss Teen (Shadow Theatre).
- Patricia DarbasieMrs. Dilber×Patricia DarbasieMrs. Dilber
Pat is delighted to be a part of this wonderful holiday classic. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs, Pat is a long-time member of the Edmonton theatre community. Last season, Pat was seen at the Citadel in Shakespeare in Love; Atlas Theatre’s Going to St. Ives; and Teatro la Quindicina’s The Finest of Strangers. In February she will be directing Mesa at the Varscona. Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
- Oscar DerkxYoung Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come×Oscar DerkxYoung Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Acting credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Once, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); The Hothouse Prince (Teatro La Quindicina); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); Much Ado About Nothing (Thou Art Here); Wish You Were Here (Plain Jane Theatre); Blood of Our Soil (Pyretic Productions); Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate Theatre); The Antyssey, Undercover (Concrete
Theatre); Ride (Lunchbox Theatre). Thanks to my friends, my family, and Gianna.
- Braydon Dowler-ColtmanJoseph×Braydon Dowler-ColtmanJoseph
Braydon is thrilled to be returning to Carol after eleven years. He received a BFA in Acting at the University of Alberta. Select credits include: Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actor's Theatre); Shakespeare’s R+J (Kill Your Television); To Be Moved, Scaramouche Jones, Subway Circus (Blarney Productions); The Salon of the Talking Turk (Teatro La Quindicina); Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre); Passion Play (WildSide Productions); Blood Wedding (Studio Theatre); Peter Pan, and The Pillowman (Citadel). Braydon can be seen here later this season as Ferdinand in The Tempest.
- Émanuel DubbeldamMr. Denham×Émanuel DubbeldamMr. Denham
Émanuel is a bilingual theatre artist who is passionate about sharing the francophone arts scene with the greater Edmonton arts community. He was most recently seen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Empress of Blandings Productions) at the Edmonton Fringe Festival this past summer. He currently works in communications, marketing, and project management at L’UniThéâtre. This is Émanuel’s first Citadel Theatre production and he is thrilled to be a part of such a classic Edmontonian Christmas tradition.
- Sheldon ElterBob Cratchit×Sheldon ElterBob Cratchit
Sheldon is best known for Metis Mutt, which won two Sterlings. Other theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors,Julius Caesar, A Prairie Boy’s Winter, and Vimy (Citadel Theatre); Tartuffe, Sound of Music, Enron (National Arts Centre); Marvelous Pilgrims (Teatro La Quindicina) Beowulf (Workshop West Theatre); L’Homme de la Mancha (L’Unithéâtre); HROSES: An Affront to Reason (The Maggie Tree); NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre); Shear Madness,The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Buddy Holly Story, and The Full Monty (Mayfield Dinner Theatre).
- Jesse GervaisMr. Swidger/Mr. Topper×Jesse GervaisMr. Swidger/Mr. Topper
Previous Citadel productions: Silver Arrow, Crazy For You, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, One Man, Two Guvnors, Measure for Measure, and A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere: Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labours Lost (Free Will Players); 6.0, 4th Graders Present…, Fat Pig (NLT); 10\12, Passion Play, Realistic Joneses (Wild Side Productions); Buddy, Little One, and Let the Light of Day Through (Theatre Network). Television: Tiny Plastic Men (Super Channel); and Caution May Contain Nuts (APTN). Jesse has a BFA from the University of Alberta.
- Beth GrahamMrs. Cratchit×Beth GrahamMrs. Cratchit
Beth has acted on stages across Canada. Her Citadel credits include A Christmas Carol, The Penelopiad, Death of a Salesman, The Drowning Girls (co-creator), Penelope vs. The Aliens and The Paper Bag Princess. This spring, she will appear in Lungs with Shadow Theatre. Her latest play, Mules, (co-written with Daniela Vlaskalic) will be produced at Theatrefront in Toronto; and Slight of Mind, a new collaboration with Theatre Yes, will be presented here at the Citadel.
- Julia GuyBelle/Emmeline×Julia GuyBelle/Emmeline
Julia is thrilled to be back in Dickensian England for her fourth year in A Christmas Carol. Select credits include Arcadia and Sense and Sensibility (Citadel Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/National Arts Centre); Blood of Our Soil (Pyretic Productions); Othello and Twelfth Night (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow); Cymbeline, Fuddy Meers, and Whisper (Studio Theatre, U of A). Julia is a graduate of the BFA acting program at U of A.
- Kristi HansenAlice×Kristi HansenAlice
Selected credits include The Silver Arrow and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre); The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre); Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Freewill Players); Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); The Supine Cobbler, Monstrosities, and HROSES: An Affront to Reason (The Maggie Tree). Kristi is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree and the Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre.
- Laura KrewskiGranny Fezziwig×Laura KrewskiGranny Fezziwig
Selected choreography credits include Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Spamalot, and Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre); Next to Normal (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); Enron (National Arts Centre); Home is a Beautiful Word (Belfry/Persephone Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and Footloose (The Mayfield); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Belfry Theatre/Arts Club); and new musicals RICH and Rapa Nui (MTYP). Laura has choreographed original musicals Vigilante, Nevermore, Frankenstein, Hunchback, and Fortune Falls for Catalyst Theatre.
- Annette LoiselleMrs. Denham/Tilly×Annette LoiselleMrs. Denham/Tilly
Citadel credits include Calpurnia in Julius Caesar and directing Shelter, Unity 1918, and Vinegar Tom for Teens at the Turn. Annette is the Artistic Director of SkirtsAfire and is a co-founder of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, with whom favourite roles include Beatrice (Sterling nomination) in Much Ado About Nothing, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, and Rosalind in As You Like it. Other favorites include The Mothers (SkirtsAfire); Rabbit Hole (ATP); Urinetown and most recently, Fly Me to the Moon (Shadow Theatre).
- Glenn NelsonEbenezer Scrooge×Glenn NelsonEbenezer Scrooge
Glenn is so pleased to be playing Scrooge once more in this truly delightful play. Other favourites at the Citadel have been Peter and the Starcatcher, Death Of A Salesman, One Man, Two Guvnors, and Beauty And The Beast. At Shadow Theatre, Outside Mullingar, Mistakes Were Made,The Odd Couple, Sexy Laundry, and Flyfishers Companion. As a writer and a producer of the web series, Tales Of The Highly Unsuccessful, he hopes to bring many more stories of the highly unsuccessful to film. Check out the fun at www.unsuccessfultales.com.
- Sasha RybalkoTiny Tim×Sasha RybalkoTiny Tim
Sasha first appeared in A Christmas Carol as the youngest youth ensemble member in 2017. She feels very privileged to play Tiny Tim this season. Sasha pursues her music education through the RCM Certificate Program in piano and voice. She loves to perform for any audience whether it is a recital, open mic, or music festival. She also enjoys reading, drawing, and creating stories. Sasha would like to write and illustrate her own children’s books someday.
- Ben StevensWill/Caleb/George×Ben StevensWill/Caleb/George
Born and raised in Edmonton, Ben has performed with many local theatre companies including the Citadel Theatre, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Network, Teatro la Quindicina, Edmonton Actor's Theatre, and Theatre Yes. As a playwright, Ben has written three plays: Herbert, If I Had a Horse, and But Hark, A Voice! His co-written work includes Brake, Home Video, The Van, and Emily Etterson's Economical Eco-friendly Water Service (For Charity!).
- Stephanie WolfeMrs. Blum/Mrs. Fezziwig×Stephanie WolfeMrs. Blum/Mrs. Fezziwig
After many years, Stephanie is pleased to be re-joining the cast of A Chrsitmas Carol. Most recently for the Citadel, she played Helen of Selston in The Silver Arrow, Mrs. Gascoyne in The Curious Incident… and Fighting Prawn in Peter and the Starcatcher. You can see her in the new year at the Mayfield in Lend Me a Tenor, and next summer at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. If you are a video game enthusiast look for her in Bioware’s upcoming Anthem.
- Ashley WrightMr. Toll/Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present×Ashley WrightMr. Toll/Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present
Theatre credits: Sweat (Arts Club/Citadel); Hamlet, Comedy of Errors (Free Will Shakespeare); Mamma Mia!, Shakespeare In Love, August Osage County, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Bard On The Beach); As You Like It, Omnium Gatherum, Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter, Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage); The Black Rider, The Fall, The Red Priest, Slavs! (Tarragon); Les Miserables (Mirvish); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); and Floyd Collins (Patrick Street Productions/Talk is Free).
- Wayne PaquetteDirector×Wayne PaquetteDirector
For the Citadel, Wayne has directed A Christmas Carol (2017), Blackbird, and Polaroid Stories. He has also co-directed The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; assistant directed West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Glass Menagerie, Shining City, and Doubt: a parable. Wayne is the artistic director of Blarney Productions, an Edmonton-based independent theatre company. Much love to Denise.
- Steven GreenfieldMusic Director×Steven GreenfieldMusic Director
Steven's selected credits include The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre); Once (Citadel Theatre); Forever Plaid (Mayfield Theatre); Children of God (Citadel Theatre/WCT); Good Day and Good Night (Carousel Theatre); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club); Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Zee Zee Theatre); and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (TUTS). Upcoming: Max in Lend Me a Tenor (Mayfield Theatre). Special thanks to family, friends, Jessie, Edgar, and Gotham for their love and support.
- Linda RubinChoreographer×Linda RubinChoreographer
Linda is excited to return to the Citadel for her 19th season of A Christmas Carol. Previous Citadel credits include Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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 engaged in rehearsal direction and mentoring productions for dance and theatre companies. Ms. Rubin, Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, dance and improvisation training, BFA professional actors’ training program.
- Leslie FrankishSet & Costume Designer×Leslie FrankishSet & Costume Designer
Leslie’s theatre career began in 1982 at the Citadel. She has enjoyed national success including designs for the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre, and in 2010 was Senior Production Designer for the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. For the Citadel, she has designed 38 shows, including A Christmas Carol for which she is particularly proud. “It has been a joy being part of this retelling of Dickens’ poignant tale. Goodwill to all and to all a good night!” lesliefrankish.com
- Robert ThomsonLighting Designer×Robert ThomsonLighting Designer
Robert Thomson is one of Canada’s most prolific and versatile lighting designers. Citadel credits include Private Lives,Wizard of Oz, Macbeth, Oliver!, and Peter Pan. He served 12 seasons as Resident Lighting Designer at The National Ballet of Canada, 24 seasons at the Shaw Festival and 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival. He designed for a diverse range of Canadian and International companies. 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 BeckerOriginal Music and Sound Designer×Michael BeckerOriginal Music and Sound Designer
Becker loved Christmas: The way theatre merged with the everyday to make “magic,” and the widespread acts of kindness. He benefited from the generosity of strangers during hard times in his life, and dedicated himself to paying it forward whenever he could. Fittingly, Tom Wood’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol was one he was most proud of in his three-decades-long career, and he would have been awestruck to learn that it carried on for almost a decade after his death.
- Doug MertzDialect Coach×Doug MertzDialect Coach
Doug has loved being part of A Christmas Carol for the past 10 years as dialect coach, and one year as an actor. Other recent dialect credits here at the Citadel include Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Redpatch, and Shakespeare in Love. Doug has taught dialects for the BFA Acting program at the U of A, Theatre Alberta’s DramaWorks and Workshops by Request, Rapid Fire Theatre, Foote Theatre School and many more. He is also the Director of Education and Outreach here.
- Heather CantAssistant Director×Heather CantAssistant Director
Heather is an accomplished theatre practitioner who works as an actor, director, and producer. During 2018, she directed Armstrong’s War for Western Canada Theatre, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse/WCT revival of The Birds and the Bees. She appeared in SkirtsAFire’s The Romeo Initiative here in Edmonton, and spent the summer performing with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. She is also the creator and curator of Secret City, an ongoing digital theatre project produced by www.phenomania.live. She is delighted to be back at the Citadel with the wonderful Christmas Carol family. Happy Holidays!
- Michelle ChanStage Manager×Michelle ChanStage Manager
This is Michelle's 19th season at the Citadel Theatre, and working on A Christmas Carol. She has been the Resident Stage Manager for the last 11 years. Selected Citadel credits include Once, The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, Sweeney Todd. Thanks to Molly, Rachel and Izzy!
- Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager×Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager
This is Rachel's second year Carolling. Select credits include: The Comedy Company, Fly Me To The Moon, Annapurna (Shadow); The Ladies Foursome (Mayfield); Les Feluettes, The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); The Bully Project (Concrete); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Travesties, The Graduate, Guys and Dolls (Segal); The Other, Bears (Pyretic); A Christmas Carol, Gifts of the Magi (TNB); Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth/Lighthouse); Falsettos (Acting Upstage); Ed’s Garage, Footloose (Grand); and Romeo and Juliet (NAC).
- Molly PearsonAssistant Stage Manager×Molly PearsonAssistant Stage Manager
Molly's recent credits include stage managing Last Chance Leduc (Snowflake Productions); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); Bello (Concrete Theatre/l’Unitheatre); A Comedy of Errors and The Merchant of Venice (The Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Made In Italy (Citadel Theatre); Bust (Theatre Network); The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux (Northern Light Theatre/l’UniTheatre); as well as assistant stage managing Children of God and Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel Theatre).
- Isabel BergquistApprentice Stage Manager×Isabel BergquistApprentice Stage Manager
Izzy is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta, and holds a BFA in Stage Management. In the past few years she has had the pleasure to work with Catch the Keys, Opera Nuova, Blarney Productions, Praise Doris Productions, Alberta Opera, Bumble Bear Productions, and on festivals such as Nextfest, Foundfest, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and Stagelab Festival. Izzy grew up watching the magic of A Christmas Carol here at the Citadel, and couldn’t be more grateful to be apprentice stage managing this year!