The phrase “Bah humbug!” is being brought back to life this year with Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society’s (KFAS) production of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.
The play brings the classic to Ponoka but adds some fun twists on the well known ghosts, explained director Kevin Ferguson. While the cast and crew are working behind the scenes there are some extra pieces to the play that should make for an enjoyable evening, said Ferguson.
“We’ve decided to make the play a little darker in terms of the ghosts,” he said. “Probably a bit more scary than what folks are used to.”
A lot of leg work is being done behind the scenes to bring the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come onto the stage at the United Church building where the plays are held.
“There’s been some pre-filming. A lot of time and attention to detail has been spent on the ghosts,” explained Ferguson.
“I guess what we’re really trying to do is give Ebenezer Scrooge a real dose of reality,” he said. “So that in the end he would be motivated to change.”
Ferguson is no stranger to A Christmas Carol, having seen several productions and his hope is to be able to make Scrooge realize how important it is for him to change.
The cast and crew, many who are are returning from past productions, are working to get their characters or sets ready for the production. Ferguson said the music and singing, guided by musical director Althea Lewis, will be an additional area of enjoyment for play goers.
“The thing that surprises me the most is that usually in a community theatre you have four or five really strong voices and then the rest is fill. You don’t have that here,” said Ferguson, adding that anyone in the chorus line could take on a lead singing role.
“You could come to the show and close your eyes and get your money’s worth,” he stated.
This will be the second year with the new elevated seating at the church and for those who weren’t able to check out last year’s production, Ferguson says there is not a seat where a person can’t see the stage. “You’ve got a little gem here.”
Look out for Scruffles
Over the years cast and crew have taken to hiding a stuffed rat, fondly named Scruffles, somewhere in the scene of their plays.
At times it is hidden in a scene, or front and centre on the stage dressed in character for that play. KFAS is starting a competition this year to see if play goers can spot Scruffles.
Each night of the production, Scruffles will be placed in a different spot and anyone who spots the rat can enter their name into a draw and each night one of the correct picks will be chosen and a prize awarded to the winner.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the United Church or by calling 403-783-4087. Performances start Nov. 19 and run until Dec. 4. For more details on times, dates and Scruffles, contact KFAS.