A Christmas Carol
The Citadel marks the 20th anniversary of its annual Yuletide production of A Christmas Carol with a brand new adaptation! Packed with your favourite classic Christmas tunes, be whisked away into the magical era of films like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street - with everything you love in the beloved tale of a miserly and miserable old man who is invited to change his ways by the Ghosts of Christmas.
CLICK HERE for an interview with our all-new Ebenezer Scrooge, TED DYKSTRA!
A new adaptation by DAVID van BELLE
Based on the novella by CHARLES DICKENS
As always, we are collecting donations for Edmonton's Food Bank. Please bring your non-perishable food donations and drop them off in one of the Matco Moving Solutions boxes around the building, or give a monetary donation to one of our performers in the Maclab Lobby after the show. Our Season Sponsor, Capital Power, will match all donations up to $20,000! Thank you for helping to ensure that no one in our community is hungry this holiday season!
Cast & Creative Team
- RUTH ALEXANDERMRS. DILBER/MUSICIAN×RUTH ALEXANDERMRS. DILBER/MUSICIAN
Citadel: Once. Ruth moved from the U.K. to Edmonton in 2017. Theatre credits include TWO (Edmonton Fringe Festival); Silence (Timms Centre); Richard III (Northern Broadsides); Les Misérables (U.K. Tour); Sweeney Todd (Manchester); Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (London); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vienna); and Macbeth (Liverpool). Ruth’s television credits include a recurring role on Coronation Street, and she was a regular member of the BBC Radio Drama team. She feels honoured to be a part of Edmonton’s festive theatre tradition.
- JULIEN ARNOLDMARLEY×JULIEN ARNOLDMARLEY
Julien is an Edmonton-based performer who has been fortunate enough to have worked in most of this city’s wonderful theatres, and many others across Canada. He has appeared in the Citadel’s production of A Christmas Carol a total of 15 times, as both Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge, and relishes the opportunity of tackling yet another role in this fantastic seasonal production. He hopes that the spirit of generosity and forgiveness finds its way into everyone’s heart this Christmas.
- VANCE AVERYMR. FEZZIWIG×VANCE AVERYMR. FEZZIWIG
Vance is thrilled to spend the holidays with the Citadel Theatre, having last appeared here in Hadestown. Favourite performances include those in Lend Me a Tenor and Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield); Women On The Verge, Les Misérables, CATS, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Chicago (Neptune); and The Black Rider (Ahmanson Theater, LA). NY/Broadway credits include being original cast member of the Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret, later performing the role of Emcee on Broadway, in Japan, and South Korea.
- PATRICIA CERRAMARNIE×PATRICIA CERRAMARNIE
Citadel credits include A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, and Shakespeare in Love. Patricia is a multi-disciplinary creative; her work has taken her to professional stages throughout Western Canada. She is thrilled to be back celebrating the holidays with an amazing team. She has trained at the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, and has graduated from the University of Alberta BFA Acting program with Distinction. Upcoming: Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre).
- BELINDA CORNISHHILDA FEZZIWIG×BELINDA CORNISHHILDA FEZZIWIG
Belinda is delighted to be back at the Citadel in this beautiful new play! Previous Citadel appearances include A Christmas Carol, Sense and Sensibility, and she’ll return in the spring in Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The recipient of three Sterling Awards and an AMPIA, she is the founder of independent company Bright Young Things, a core company member of DieNasty, and a playwright. Her new play, The Garneau Block, inspired by the Todd Babiak novel, receives its premiere in March on this very stage!
- KEVIN DABBSMUSICIAN/ENSEMBLE×KEVIN DABBSMUSICIAN/ENSEMBLE
Kevin is thrilled to be making his Citadel debut with A Christmas Carol! Favourite theatre credits include Jerry in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Neptune Theatre); Bob Dylan in Folkswaggin’; Malcolm in The Full Monty; Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; and Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer (Mayfield Theatre). Kevin sends love to Christine, Madison, and Jack, plus a big hello to the staff and students at Elmwood School. Enjoy the show!
- BRAYDON DOWLER-COLTMANBEN×BRAYDON DOWLER-COLTMANBEN
Citadel: The Tempest, The Pillowman (Citadel Theatre). Braydon is an Edmonton-based theatre artist, co-Artistic Director with Blarney Productions and Intern Artistic Director with Catalyst Theatre. Select theatre 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); That's Danger (AWHC); Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); Blood Wedding (Studio Theatre); Training: Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Training Program; University of Alberta BFA acting program. In the new year, Braydon will be assisting on Catalyst Theatre's new musical The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Thank you for supporting arts in Edmonton.
- TED DYKSTRAEBENEZER SCROOGE×TED DYKSTRAEBENEZER SCROOGE
Since becoming a professional actor in Edmonton in 1976, Ted has acted, directed, produced and created for every major theatre in Canada and many around the world including New York, London, and Tokyo. He’s a proud National Theatre School graduate and a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre. He and his wife Diana Bentley also founded and run Toronto's hottest indie theatre, The Coal Mine. Arguably best known for co-creating one of Canada's most successful plays, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Ted also wrote hit musical Evangeline (Citadel Theatre, Charlottetown Festival). Screen appearances include indie feature Cold Strings, Orphan Black, Reign, Carter and Fahrenheit 451 for HBO. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including five Doras, a Gemini, a Sterling, a Merritt, a Chalmers, and the key to his hometown, St Albert - but more importantly he is the proud father of Theo, Rosie and Henry!
- CHARIZ FAULMINOENSEMBLE×CHARIZ FAULMINOENSEMBLE
Chariz Faulmino is thrilled to make her Citadel debut during the most wonderful time of the year! She is an Edmonton-based artist and a proud alumnus of the MacEwan Theatre Arts program. Recently, she did a nine-month tour across the province in Pinocchio (AMTC). Chariz gives her heart and thanks to the special humans that give her support and encouragement. She dedicates this show to her dad who told her to share her gift with the world. Happy Holidays/Maligayang Pasko!
- DANIELA FERNANDEZENSEMBLE×DANIELA FERNANDEZENSEMBLE
Daniela is beyond excited to be making her Citadel debut in this year's brand new version of A Chistmas Carol. A recent graduate from MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program, Daniela is an actor, singer, and dancer, who is constantly seeking to immerse herself in a variety of artistic disciplines. Recent credits include Canada The Musical (Carter-Ryan Productions); The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel Young Company); Working It Out (Workplays); City of Angels, Love and Information, and Sister Act (MacEwan University). Special shoutout to Daniela's mom. Happy holidays to all!
- JEFF GLADSTONEBARKER/MUSICIAN×JEFF GLADSTONEBARKER/MUSICIAN
Citadel Theatre debut. Raised in Alberta, living in Vancouver. Acting credits include four seasons at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; Rebecca Northan's Blind Date (Arts Club); Bruce Sweeney's feature film Kingsway (TIFF 2018); and roles on Twilight Zone, The Killing, and Motive. He is an improviser and certified teacher with the International Theatresports Institute, and director/producer on Keith Johnstone's LifeGame (CBC Radio). Jeff has two albums of original music available online as Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas.
- STEVEN GREENFIELDMUSICIAN/ENSEMBLE/MUSIC CAPTAIN×STEVEN GREENFIELDMUSICIAN/ENSEMBLE/MUSIC CAPTAIN
Born and raised in Calgary and a graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program, Steven is an Edmonton-based music director, and actor, with credits that span over 75 productions across Canada. Recent credits include Ring of Fire, A Christmas Carol, and Once (Citadel Theatre); Lend Me a Tenor (Mayfield); The Comedy Company (Shadow); Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club); and Beauty and the Beast (TUTS). Upcoming: Café Wanderlust! as part of Citadel’s House Series. Thanks to Daryl and Mishelle. Special thanks to family and friends for their love and support.
- CYNTHIA JIMENEZ-HICKSBELLE×CYNTHIA JIMENEZ-HICKSBELLE
Citadel: The Candidate & The Party, A Christmas Carol. Cynthia is a Filipino-Canadian theatre artist from Edmonton. She fell in love with theatre performing A Christmas Carol here as a child actor, and she is honoured to continue the legacy of this timeless tale. Credits include: This London Life (Grand Theatre), Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre), Barbelle Season 1 & 2 (KindaTV). In the new year Cynthia will be heading to the Stratford Festival to play Wendy in Wendy and Peter Pan. Forever grateful for Cameron and the Jimenez/Hicks family. Happy holidays! Hug the ones you love and eat extra cookies!
- ALISON MacDONALDEMILY CRATCHIT×ALISON MacDONALDEMILY CRATCHIT
Past Citadel credits include Matilda The Musical, The Penelopiad, and Legends of Carnegie Hall. A Jessie Award-winning performer, Alison has worked all across Canada and is happy to be home for Christmas this year. Up next, she heads to Chemainus Theatre on Vancouver Island to play “Suzy” in The Marvelous Wonderettes. Also, she recently released a Christmas album filled with her favourite holiday tunes, available for purchase in the lobby! “Lotsa love to my family - Merry Christmas!”
- GRAHAM MOTHERSILLTOPPER×GRAHAM MOTHERSILLTOPPER
Graham feels honoured to be making his Citadel debut. Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Crucible, and The Tempest (Theatre Calgary); Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre & ATP); CTRL – ALT – DEL, and The Antyssey (Concrete Theatre); How to Leave, and The Curing Room (Theatre Outré & Theatre BSMT); and The Fall of the House of Atreus (Impossible Mongoose Productions). Film/television credits include: Wynona Earp, Like Right Now, and King Crow. Graham is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program.
- PRIYA NARINEFANNY×PRIYA NARINEFANNY
Citadel: Slight of Mind (Theatre Yes). Priya is an Edmonton-based actor and a recent graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA Acting program. Select theatre credits include: Constellations (Flaming Peanuts); and Empress of Blandings in She's Not Him and He's Not Her (2019 Edmonton Fringe); Meet Me By the Gnarly Tree (Cardiac Theatre); The School For Scandal, and The Lower Depths (Studio Theatre). Priya is delighted to be back at Citadel in this heartwarming show. Happy holidays!
- GLENN NELSONNELSON×GLENN NELSONNELSON
Citadel: The Candidate, The Party, A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher, Death of a Salesman, One Man, Two Guvnors, and Beauty and the Beast. Glenn is delighted to be part of A Christmas Carol with these remarkable people. At Shadow Theatre: Outside Mullingar, Mistakes Were Made, The Odd Couple, Sexy Laundry and Flyfisher's 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!
- CORIE RYANMARTHA CRATCHIT×CORIE RYANMARTHA CRATCHIT
Corie Ryan is extremely excited to be making her Citadel debut in A Christmas Carol! Growing up in Lloydminster, Corie was heavily involved in all types of theatre. Favourite high school credits include Grease and Wizard of Oz. At the 2019 Provincial One Act Play Festival, she was awarded the Character Actor title from her role in Horse Girls. Thanks to her family, and to all the teachers who helped her grow. @corie_ryan
- SASHA RYBALKOTINY TIM×SASHA RYBALKOTINY TIM
Sasha is very excited to return as Tiny Tim in the premiere of the new adaptation of A Christmas Carol! She first joined the youth ensemble of the Citadel Theatre’s beloved production in 2017, and then appeared as Tiny Tim in 2018. Sasha pursues her music education through the RCM Certificate Program in piano and voice. She loves to perform for any audience whether it is recital, open mic, or music festival. She also enjoys reading, drawing, and writing stories.
- LILLA SOLYMOSGHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST×LILLA SOLYMOSGHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
For Citadel: Matilda The Musical (Matilda), and A Christmas Carol. Lilla is thrilled to join the wonderful A Christmas Carol cast and crew again for her fourth year! She started acting at Foote Theatre school at the age of six and she has been involved with theater ever since. Other theatre: The Bad Seed (Teatro La Quindicina). Follow her journey @lilla_solymos. Merry Christmas everyone!
- BEN STEVENSFRED×BEN STEVENSFRED
Ben's most recent appearance at the Citadel was exactly one year ago, also in A Christmas Carol, and he is honoured to be taking part in a new version of this beloved Edmonton tradition. He has performed with many other local theatre companies including the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Network, Teatro la Quindicina, Edmonton Actor's Theatre, and Theatre Yes. As a playwright, Ben has written and performed three short plays, and has co-written an additional four. Happy Humbugs!
- JOHN ULLYATTGHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT×JOHN ULLYATTGHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
John has appeared in many productions at the Citadel, most recently What the World Needs Now: A Celebration of the Music of Burt Bacharach; and as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (RMTC, Citadel, Arts Club). Other Citadel favourites include Rocky Horror, Death of a Salesman, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Pillowman, and Cabaret (2001). Later this year he will be in Every Brilliant Thing (Citadel’s Highwire Series); Candide (Edmonton Opera); and 1979 (Belfry Theatre).
- GIANNA VACIRCAMAXINE×GIANNA VACIRCAMAXINE
Last year, Gianna appeared in the Citadel Theatre’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley as Anne de Bourgh, and she is delighted to return for another holiday in this year’s A Christmas Carol. She has been lucky enough to work in Edmonton and throughout Canada for the past 10 years. Catch Gianna later this year in Noises Off at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and in Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes at Theatre Network. She sends some extra Christmas cheer to some special people: Oscar, Max, Isabel, and the kittens.
- DARYL CLORANDIRECTOR×DARYL CLORANDIRECTOR
Daryl is the Artistic Director of the Citadel, the former Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, B.C.) and the founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront (Toronto). Directing credits include: Shakespeare in Love, UBUNTU, The Silver Arrow, Made in Italy, Matilda, The Candidate, and The Party (Citadel); As You Like It (Bard on the Beach); Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary/WCT); Mary Poppins (Persephone/WCT); Tribes (Canadian Stage); All For Love (National Arts Centre); and Afterplay (Shaw Festival). Upcoming: As You Like It (Citadel/RMTC/Chicago Shakespeare).
- DAVID VAN BELLEPLAYWRIGHT×DAVID VAN BELLEPLAYWRIGHT
David is an Edmonton-based playwright whose works include The Highest Step in the World, Liberation Days, GIANT, and The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. David has been Writer-in-Residence for the Edmonton Public Library, Playwright-in-Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects and an ensemble member of One Yellow Rabbit. He is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Creator-in-Residence for Ghost River Theatre. He’s beyond thrilled to be working on his first production at the Citadel. This play is dedicated to his girls, W and Z.
- WAYNE PAQUETTEASSISTANT DIRECTOR×WAYNE PAQUETTEASSISTANT DIRECTOR
For the Citadel, Wayne has directed A Christmas Carol, 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 (www.blarneyyeg.com). Much love to Denise.
- CORY SINCENNESSET & COSTUME DESIGNER×CORY SINCENNESSET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Cory is an award-winning designer whose set, costume, lighting, and video designs have received both national and international recognition. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent designs include Ring of Fire, Matilda, Once, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, Million Dollar Quartet, Venus in Fur, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Evangeline, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mary Poppins, and Next to Normal.
- LEIGH ANN VARDYLIGHTING DESIGNER×LEIGH ANN VARDYLIGHTING DESIGNER
Citadel: The Silver Arrow. Recent favourite projects include The Neverending Story (Stratford); The Color Purple, Kamp (Neptune Theatre); The Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre); Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud); The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, Metamorphoses (National Arts Centre); What a Young Wife Ought to Know, and The God That Comes (2b theatre). Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of seven Merritt awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.
- MISHELLE CUTTLERSOUND DESIGNER/MUSIC DIRECTOR×MISHELLE CUTTLERSOUND DESIGNER/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Mishelle is a composer, sound designer, and musician based in Vancouver. Past projects at the Citadel: The Candidate, The Party, and Sweat. Other favourites include: Shakespeare in Love, Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Hir, The Events (Pi); Titus Bouffonius (Rumble); and Stationary (Delinquent). Next up: Skyborn (Savage Society); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard). Mishelle is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and of UBC Theatre. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.mishellecuttler.com
- LAURA KREWSKICHOREOGRAPHER×LAURA KREWSKICHOREOGRAPHER
Choreography credits include Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Spamalot and Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre); Next to Normal (Citadel/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/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. Upcoming: The Invisible and Candide.
- MICHELLE CHANSTAGE MANAGER×MICHELLE CHANSTAGE MANAGER
This is Michelle’s 20th season at the Citadel Theatre and her 20th time working on A Christmas Carol. Michelle has been the Citadel’s Resident Stage Manager for 12 years. Selected credits include Ring of Fire, Sister Act (Mayfield); Once, The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, 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, and Sweeney Todd. Big thanks to Molly, Rachel, and Kaylie!
- MOLLY PEARSONASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER×MOLLY PEARSONASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Citadel: Made in Italy (Stage Manager); Children of God, Peter and the Starcatcher, and A Christmas Carol (Assistant Stage Manager). Molly's recent credits include stage managing The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Comedy of Errors, and The Merchant of Venice (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Last Chance Leduc (Snowflake Productions); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); Bello (Concrete Theatre/l’Unitheatre); Bust (Theatre Network); The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux (Northern Light Theatre/l’UniTheatre); and assistant stage managing Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre).
- RACHEL DAWN WOODSASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER×RACHEL DAWN WOODSASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Rachel is happy to be back Caroling at the Citadel. Other select credits include: The Candidate, Sweat (Citadel); Million Dollar Quartet, The Ladies Foursome (Mayfield); The Comedy Company, Fly Me To The Moon, Annapurna (Shadow); Les Feluettes, The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera); 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 (Grand); Romeo and Juliet (NAC).
- KAYLIE RENNEBOHMAPPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER×KAYLIE RENNEBOHMAPPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER
Citadel: debut. Kaylie is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Stage Management Program. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Citadel Theatre on A Christmas Carol! Kaylie’s select credits include Canada the Musical (Carter-Ryan Productions); Silence (Studio Theatre); What a Young Wife Ought to Know (Theatre Network); and Don Giovanni (Edmonton Opera).