A Christmas Carol
On streaming video until Dec 31!
Dec 15 - 31, 2020
A Christmas Carol
On streaming video until Dec 31!
For 20 years we've brought the magic of Charles Dickens' holiday classic to life, and this year we are so proud to bring A Christmas Carol from our stage to your home on streaming video. In this brand new re-imagining of David van Belle's gorgeous adaptation, enjoy the characters, songs, magic, and story you love in an abridged version filmed in our very own Rice Theatre.
Packed with your favourite classic Christmas tunes, this adaptation of the beloved tale of a miserly old man who is invited to change his ways by the Ghosts of Christmas, will carry you away into the magical era of films like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.
A Christmas Carol is streaming online December 15-31 for Canadian residents only. Closed captioning is available.
A new adaptation by DAVID van BELLE
Based on the novella by CHARLES DICKENS
Director DARYL CLORAN
Original Design of Sets, Props, and Costumes CORY SINCENNES
Original Sound Design, Music Direction & Orchestration for the Stage MISHELLE CUTTLER
Music Direction for Film STEVEN GREENFIELD
Sound Design, Score, and Music Department Supervisor for Film MISHELLE CUTTLER
Additional Musical Arrangements STEVEN GREENFIELD
Original Lighting Design for the Stage LEIGH ANN VARDY
Original Choreography LAURA KREWSKI
Dance Captain GIANNA VACIRCA
Stage Manager WAYNE PAQUETTE
Assistant Stage Manager MOLLY PEARSON
Show Runner IZZY BERGQUIST
Production Health Captain MEGAN KOSHKA
Child Supervisor ADAM BLOCKA
Ebenezer Scrooge TED DYKSTRA
Mrs. Dilber RUTH ALEXANDER
Jacob Marley JULIEN ARNOLD
Mr. Fezziwig VANCE AVERY
Marnie PATRICIA CERRA
Mrs. Fezziwig BELINDA CORNISH
Ben / Ghost of Christmas Future BRAYDON DOWLER-COLTMAN
Fezziwig Singer/Phyllis CHARIZ FAULMINO
Store Employee/Betty DANIELA FERNANDEZ
Belle CYNTHIA JIMENEZ-HICKS
Emily Cratchit ALISON MacDONALD
Topper GRAHAM MOTHERSILL
Fanny PRIYA NARINE
Narrator GLENN NELSON
Tiny Tim Cratchit SASHA RYBALKO
Ghost of Christmas Past LILLA SOLYMOS
Fred BEN STEVENS
Ghost of Christmas Present JOHN ULLYATT
Maxine GIANNA VACIRCA
Piano, Trombone and additional ensemble voices STEVEN GREENFIELD
Drums KEVIN DABBS
Bass JEFF GLADSTONE
ANGELO CORNEL, IVY DEGAGNÉ, SHELBY DUTERTRE, ZACHARY ELLIOTT, SONOMA GHOSH, MAKSYMILLIAN HOLKO, KAYLEE KARPINSKI, GABRIEL MORENO-RABOUD, CARSYN SEETOO, JOSH PLAMONDON, and WESLEY TIBBETTS.
The Citadel Theatre followed all health and safety protocols set out by Alberta Health Services while filming this production. All musical numbers were safely pre-recorded and lip-synced to during filming.
The Citadel engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Production personnel for the Citadel Theatre are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)
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...it’s a tribute to the Citadel, and the ingenuity of our theatre artists, that they translated their skills to another medium so we wouldn’t be Carol-less in a far from merry season. They’ve made beautiful work of it.
The nostalgic songs weave beautifully through David van Belle's dynamic script, which brims with both poignant reflections and droll one-liners.
Cast & Creative Team
- Ted DykstraEbenezer Scrooge×Ted DykstraEbenezer Scrooge
Since beginning his professional career in his hometown of Edmonton in 1976, Ted has gone on to great success as one of Canada's foremost theatre artists. He has acted and directed for every major theatre in the country. He is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre and co-founder, with his wife Diana Bentley, of The Coal Mine Theatre. Citadel audiences have loved him in Fire, and have seen two shows he's written; the international hit 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (with Richard Greenblatt), and Evangeline. He is the recipient of 6 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, as well as a Gemini, a Sterling, a Merritt and a Chalmers Award. All these achievements notwithstanding, Diana, Theo, Rosie, and Henry are his greatest joys by far!
- Ruth AlexanderMrs. Dilber×Ruth AlexanderMrs. Dilber
Theatre credits include: The Children (Wild Side Productions); Once (Citadel Theatre); TWO, and The Birthday Party (Edmonton Fringe Festival); Silence (Timms Centre); Richard III (Northern Broadsides); Les Misérables (UK Tour); Sweeney Todd (Manchester); Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (London); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vienna); Macbeth, and Hamlet’ (Liverpool Shakespeare Festival). Ruth’s television credits include the reoccurring role of Lisa Dalton in Coronation Street. She feels very lucky to be part of this wonderful show again, especially in such strange times.
- Julien ArnoldJacob Marley×Julien ArnoldJacob Marley
Julien was to perform in The Garneau Block at the Citadel, but it was sadly postponed due to the pandemic. 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 be returning for this all new A Christmas Carol. Other favourite performances include: Hadestown (Citadel); Lend Me A Tenor, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield); Chicago (Neptune); The Black Rider (Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles); as well as national productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Misérable, and CATS. In New York: Connecticut Yankee (Encores!); and an original cast member of the Tony Award winning revival of Cabaret, later performing the starring role of Emcee on Broadway, as well as Japan and South Korea.
- Patricia CerraMarnie×Patricia CerraMarnie
Patricia is an award winning multidisciplinary artist; at present she works as a performer, director, and educator. Her work has taken her to theatres throughout Canada, wo she has worked on over thirty productions. Citadel credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, Shakespeare In Love (RMTC co-pro), and the Horizon Lab. She has recently been recognized with the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role - Comedy. She is currently a part of the Citadel’s RBC Horizon Emerging Artists Program.
- Belinda CornishMrs. Fezziwig×Belinda CornishMrs. Fezziwig
Belinda is an actor and playwright based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). She has had the great good fortune of working with many Edmonton theatre companies in the before-times, and is currently happily writing and indulging her newfound love of birds volunteering for WILDNorth wildlife rescue. She is very excited for next spring's relaunch of the Citadel's COVID-postponed productions The Garneau Block (which she wrote), and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (in which she will play a tall fairy) - fingers crossed for all being well! She is so happy and thankful to be returning to this beautiful show in its new incarnation, and wishes everyone a safe and joyful holiday.
- Braydon Dowler-ColtmanBen // Ghost of Christmas Future×Braydon Dowler-ColtmanBen // Ghost of Christmas Future
Braydon is an Edmonton-based theatre artist. 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); The Tempest, The Pillowman (Citadel Theatre). Training: Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; University of Alberta BFA acting program. Upcoming: Jane Eyre (Citadel Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing/Macbeth (Freewill Players). Thank you for supporting arts in Edmonton.
- Chariz FaulminoFezziwig Singer // Phyllis×Chariz FaulminoFezziwig Singer // Phyllis
Chariz Faulmino is a Filipina-Canadian performer based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). She is thrilled to join creatives in exciting platforms that theatre has found this year! Recent credits include: They Wanted To Do Chekhov! A Holiday Radio Play (Dammitammy Productions); Welcome Home! (Teatro La Quindicina); A World Of Stories - Mt. Makiling (AMTC); S.I.S.T.E.R (The Fox Den Collective); Freewill Summer Concerts (Thou Art Here & FWS); Citadel Road Shows (Citadel Theatre); Café Wanderlust! (Plain Jane Theatre Co./Citadel Theatre). Happy Holidays/Maligayang Pasko!
- Daniela FernandezStore Employee // Betty×Daniela FernandezStore Employee // Betty
Daniela Fernandez (she/her) is an emerging Latinx theatre artist based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). With the current conditions of the world, Daniela is interested in devoting her time to figuring out how she can lead and create space for underrepresented voices in her work and expanding herself as a multi-disciplinary artist. She is also one of the participants in the 2020/21 RBC Horizon Mentorship placements at the Citadel Theatre for Sound Design. Thank you for supporting theatre during such a difficult time!
- Cynthia Jimenez-HicksBelle×Cynthia Jimenez-HicksBelle
Cynthia (she/her) is a Filipino-Canadian theatre artist from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Last year Cynthia appeared at the Citadel in The Candidate and The Party. Recent highlights include: This London Life (Grand Theatre); Girls Like That (Tarragon); Boys Girls and Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players); Barbelle (KindaTV); Hudson & Rex (CityTV); and In the Dark (CW). Cynthia is currently facilitating the Paprika Festival’s TD Creators’ Unit program. Upcoming Cynthia is choreographing Into the Woods at Grant MacEwan. Happy holidays and thank you for supporting the arts this year! cynthiajimenezhicks.com
- Alison MacDonaldEmily Cratchit×Alison MacDonaldEmily Cratchit
Alison's (she/her) Citadel credits: Matilda, Legends of Carnegie Hall, and The Penelopiad. Other favourite credits: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (WCT/TIP); The World Goes 'Round (AMC); Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); and The Sound of Music (Gateway). Thank you for supporting theatre and for inviting us (virtually, of course) into your homes this year as we celebrate the holidays. Wishing everyone a festive season filled with good health, kindness, and eggnog (or whatever makes you happy)!
- Graham MothersillTopper×Graham MothersillTopper
Graham Mothersill (he/they) is an Albertan actor. Graham has had the good fortune to create with many theatres across the province, including The Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Catalyst Theatre, ATP, Concrete Theatre, Theatre Outre and Impossible Mongoose Productions. Wishing everyone a safe and warm holiday season this year!
- Priya NarineFanny×Priya NarineFanny
Priya Narine (she/her) is a mixed-race theatre artist currently based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Select credits include Chrysothemis (Studio Theatre); Queen Lear is Dead (Fox Den Collective); A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Constellations (Flaming Peanuts for the Edmonton Fringe); Slight of Mind (Citadel/Theatre Yes); and Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree (Cardiac Theatre) for Found Festival. Priya is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and co-host of a new upcoming podcast, The Renaissance Conspiracy.
- Glenn NelsonNarrator×Glenn NelsonNarrator
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 unsuccessfultales.com!
- Sasha RybalkoTiny Tim Cratchit×Sasha RybalkoTiny Tim Cratchit
Sasha is extremely excited to be a part of 2020 filmed version 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 and 2019. 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. Merry Christmas!
- Lilla SolymosGhost of Christmas Past×Lilla SolymosGhost of Christmas Past
Lilla (she/her) is overjoyed to be back at the Citadel with the wonderful A Christmas Carol cast and crew for filming this special edition of the play! Previous Citadel credits include A Christmas Carol and Matilda: The Musical. She has also appeared in Teatro la Quindicina’s The Bad Seed at the Varscona Theatre. Lilla is a passionate artist who can’t wait to be back in-person for school, theatre, and… well, everything! Until then, stay safe and healthy. Merry Christmas everyone! @lilla_solymos
- Ben StevensFred×Ben StevensFred
Ben (he/him) counts himself extremely lucky to be returning to A Christmas Carol this year. Select acting credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter's Tale (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Never Swim Alone (Blarney); Terminus (Wild Side Productions); and Gordon (Theatre Network). He also looks forward to someday performing in the COVID-cancelled production of The Cave (Fringe Theatre Adventures). Ben wishes everyone good health and happy humbugs.
- John UllyattGhost of Christmas Past×John UllyattGhost of Christmas Past
John is no stranger to Citadel audiences. Before the pandemic, he was in Every Brilliant Thing, and was on the verge of opening Candide with the Edmonton Opera. Remember March? Since then, he has worked as a home renovator, a carpenter and is still working as a distiller with Lone Pine Distilling. Edmonton is home with his wife Annie, two cats and three dogs all of whom have performed with the Edmonton Symphony. (Okay, not the cats!)
- Gianna VacircaMaxine×Gianna VacircaMaxine
Recently, Gianna appeared in the Citadel Theatre’s production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley as Anne de Bourgh, as well as A Christmas Carol. She is delighted to return for another holiday in this year’s A Christmas Carol on camera! She has been lucky enough to work in Edmonton and throughout Canada for the past 10 years. Up next for Gianna at the Citadel is Jane Eyre, and Bears.
- Youth Chorus×Youth Chorus
Back Row (L to R):
Gabriel Moreno, Zachary Elliott, Kaylee Karpinski
Middle Row (L to R):
Wesley Tibbetts, Sasha Rybalko, Carsyn Seetoo, Ivy Degagne, Shelby Dutertre
Bottom Row (L to R):
Josh Plamondon, Maksymilian Holko, Sonoma Ghosh, Lilla Solymos, Angelo Cornel
- Kevin DabbsDrums×Kevin DabbsDrums
Kevin is thrilled and honoured to be part of this amazing Citadel Theatre Yuletide extravaganza! Favourite theatre credits include: Drummer/Shopping Dad in A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); 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 (all with Mayfield Theatre). Kevin sends so much love to Christine, Madison and Jack!
- Jeff GladstoneBass×Jeff GladstoneBass
Jeff is an actor, improvisor, and musician living on the Coast Salish territories known as Vancouver. He has performed across Canada, including 4 seasons at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; the feature film Kingsway (TIFF 2018); and appearances on Twilight Zone, Supernatural, and Motive. WIth his band Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas, he has recorded two albums of original music available on all music streaming services. He is the Artistic Director of the International Theatresports Institute, one of the largest improvisation networks in the world.
- 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, Playwright-in-Residence at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, and an ensemble member of One Yellow Rabbit. He’s so thrilled that A Christmas Carol can return during this challenging year. This play couldn’t have been written without the insight of his wife Vanessa and the enthusiasm of his girls, W and Z.
- Daryl CloranDirector×Daryl CloranDirector
Citadel: Director of A Christmas Carol, As You Like It, Shakespeare in Love, UBUNTU, The Silver Arrow, Made in Italy, Matilda, The Candidate and The Party. Other Theatre: Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary/WCT); Mary Poppins (Persephone/WCT); Tribes (Canadian Stage); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard on the Beach); All For Love (National Arts Centre); and Afterplay (Shaw Festival). Other: Daryl is the Artistic Director of the Citadel, the former Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC), and the founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront (Toronto).
- Cory SincennesOriginal Design of Sets, Props, and Costumes×Cory SincennesOriginal Design of Sets, Props, and Costumes
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.
- Mishelle CuttlerOriginal Sound Design, Musical Direction & Orchestration for the Stage // Sound Design, Score, and Music Department Supervisor for Film.×Mishelle CuttlerOriginal Sound Design, Musical Direction & Orchestration for the Stage // Sound Design, Score, and Music Department Supervisor for Film.
Mishelle is a Vancouver based composer and sound designer whose work is centred around the integration of sound, music, and storytelling. Some recent projects include Good Things To Do - a digital storytelling experience through text and sound; The Quarantettes - a live and recorded project of poetry set to music; and Made in Canada - an EP of vibrant music written using the verbatim words of Latinx migrant farm workers. She had the pleasure of working at the Citadel three times in 2019, and was nominated for a Sterling for Outstanding Music Direction for A Christmas Carol.
- Steven GreenfieldMusic Direction for Film // Additional Music Arrangements // Piano, Trombone & Additional Ensemble Voices×Steven GreenfieldMusic Direction for Film // Additional Music Arrangements // Piano, Trombone & Additional Ensemble Voices
Steven is an Edmonton-based music director and actor, with credits that span over 80 productions across Canada. Recent credits include Ring of Fire (Citadel); ‘Max’ in Lend Me a Tenor (Mayfield); The Comedy Company (Shadow); ‘Jerry Lee Lewis’ in Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club); and ‘Cogsworth’ in Beauty and the Beast (TUTS). He has been an instructor at Studio 58, Capilano University and MacEwan University (his alma mater). Upcoming: Into the Woods (MacEwan), Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and ELVIS (Citadel).
- Leigh Ann VardyOriginal Lighting Design for the Stage×Leigh Ann VardyOriginal Lighting Design for the Stage
Leigh Ann has designed lights for theatre and dance across Canada. She has designed theatre shows in every province; small scale, large scale, and everything in between. Recently she designed The Neverending Story (Stratford, NAC); The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre); The Third Colour (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre, Crows Theatre); and The God That Comes (2b). Her work has been seen throughout Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the US. Leigh Ann is a teacher and coach at National Theatre School of Canada.
- Laura KrewskiOriginal Choreography×Laura KrewskiOriginal Choreography
Choreography credits include Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Spamalot, and Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre); Candide (Edmonton Opera); Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Enron (National Arts Centre); Home is a Beautiful Word (Belfry/Persephone Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and Footloose (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, Fortune Falls, and The Invisible for Catalyst Theatre. Merry Christmas to all!
- Wayne PaquetteStage Manager×Wayne PaquetteStage Manager
For the Citadel, Wayne has directed A Christmas Carol (2017-2018), Blackbird, Polaroid Stories, 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. Selected Stage Management credits include: As You Like It, Death of a Salesman, Doubt, The Glass Menagerie, and Frozen. Wayne is the artistic director of Blarney Productions, an Edmonton-based theatre company. Much love to Aimee & Denise.
- Molly PearsonAssistant Stage Manager×Molly PearsonAssistant Stage Manager
Citadel: Made in Italy (SM); Children of God, Peter and the Starcatcher, and A Christmas Carol (ASM). The Freewill Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Comedy of Errors, and The Merchant of Venice (SM), Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and As You Like It (ASM) Catalyst Theatre: Vigilante (ASM). Concrete Theatre/l’Unitheatre: Bello (SM)