A Christmas Carol
The Radio Play And Its Creation

Show & Performances Background

A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play

Written by Eric Gow | Directed by Chris Adams

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

What would Christmas be like without a Metro Panto? The answer came to me, when asking another question – How do we do safe theatre in an uncertain time? Radio plays. It’s perfect! Six actors, socially distanced on stage, music stands, mics, scripts, and whole lot of sound effects.  We could keep the audience distant and keep the actors distant, yet still create theatre.  I called my theatre life partner, Erik, and asked him if he thought it was a good idea and if he thought he could write it.  I brainstormed with my actual life partner, Kat, about show choices… Funnily enough, Christmas Carol was not the immediate thought, but once Kat said it out loud, I was hooked.  I emailed David Adams, as the first choice for Scrooge – he was in.  And I remembered, this is what theatre is about – excitement.

This was back in June/July 2020… When we really didn’t know where the world was going. Especially, for me, where theatre was going. The biggest companies, Arts Club, Bard, TUTS, all shut down their summer shows. Theatre Depression was real… But yet, I was excited, I was interested, and I was energized. I knew it was the right choice, no matter what Covid could throw at us, I knew we could create safety, efficiently, and with enthusiasm for theatre once again.  

“You are the light in these dark times that keeps us going. For coming together, to gather and tell stories; We thank you.” Erik Gow, 2020.

With that, thank you,
Chris Adams, Director

Press Release: A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play
Live Performances CANCELLED.
WATCH ONLINE

With COVID-19 protocols practiced for Safety First –  ALWAYS

Metro Theatre  is thrilled to present A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play as our Holiday show for this season. After 35 years of continuous performances, our Annual Traditional Christmas Pantomime has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  In its stead , Metro Theatre is pleased to pivot by presenting –  A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play  an original work by writer Erik Gow (Based on the Charles Dickens novel).  The play is directed by Chris Adams. 

The Digital Stream goes live on December 21st at 2 pm and is available to watch until end of day January 3rd, 2021

You will receive the link to the digital stream and a password with your completed donation.

Scrooge and Tiny Tim and a Lantern

A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.   When you walk into the Metro Theatre this December you’ll be drawn into this well loved story with dramatized, acoustic performances.  The set is  designed as a live 1940s radio broadcast and the actors fully costumed with unique props.   Our Foley artists  augment the performance  with live sound effects and musical underscoring to engage your imagination as you are transported into the story  via Live Theatre.

Join Vancouver actor David Adams in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge as  he meets all the usual characters from Bob Cratchit to Jacob Marley,  with only six actors creating and voicing over 40 of the beloved characters for this charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying “Bah Humbug!”

What will Christmas be like without a Metro Panto? Well, thanks to Covid-19 we are about to find out. This is the first time anything like this will be seen on the Metro Stage and this is the only Christmas Radio play in Vancouver this December. I’m excited and scared to direct such a show –  Panto’s I’ve directed and loved for many years – Radio Plays live on stage are a new beast and a new creation – But don’t worry, scary is good and often creates wonderfully creative art.” Director Chris Adams

Tickets: ADULTS from $ 37.50 | SENIORS from $ 35| YOUTH (under16) from $ 25  | GST is included in all prices | Book Early for Best pricing.

Reserve your seats by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets  Walk Up Ticket Sales are allowed for all performances that are not sold out.

Tiny Tim

At the recommendation of  Tiny Tim, our charitable appeal this year is on behalf of  Backpack Buddies . Kids and their families are facing a lot of uncertainty this year. Backpack Buddies delivers much needed food to kids in Vancouver every Friday afternoon. At just $15, a bag of food contains 9 meals and extra snacks so that a child has enough to eat over the weekend plus a couple extra meals for the week ahead.  Should you be so inclined, join us  and  Support Backpack Buddies

“God bless us, every one!”

Cast and Production Team

A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play

CAST

David Adams…………………………………………………. Narrator #1
Roger Monk…………………………………………………… Narrator #2
Jill Raymond………………………………………………….. Narrator #3
Chris Ward…………………………………………………….. Narrator #4
Emilia Michalowska…………………………………..…… Narrator #5
Scotia Browner………………………………………………. Narrator #6
Courtney Shields COVID Cover

PRODUCTION TEAM

Chris Adams…………………………………………………….. Director
Erik Gow………………………………………………………….. Writer
Kat Palmer……………………………………………………….. Stage Manager
Catherine Morrison…………………………………………… Co-Producer
Alison Schamberger………………………………………….. Co-Producer
Les Erskine ……………………………………………………….. Lighting Designer
Les Erskine…………………………………………..Technical Director/General Manager
Tracy-Lynn Chernaske………………………………………. Set Designer
Tracy-Lynn Chernaske……………………….Set Decoration/Production Photography
Joscelyne Tamburri…………………………………………… Costume Designer
Joscelyne Tamburri……………………………Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
Courtney Shields……………………………………………….. Assistant Director
Frances Herzer……………………………….. Co-Props Mistress & Co-Foley Designer
Michelle Roebuck…………………………….. Co-Props Mistress & Co-Foley Designer
Robin Richardson…………………………………………………. Head Carpenter
Dan Wiebe…………………………………………………………….Production ASM/Fly Op
Erik Gow & Nico Dicecco …………………………………..Videographers
Debra Danny………………………………………………………… Publicist
Barbara LaBounta…………………………………………………..Graphic Design
Nicol Spinola……………….……… Promotional Photography/ Additional
Graphic Design
Claire Turner………………………………………………………….. Metro Costume Liason
Heather Stewart…………………………………………………… Box Office/Front of House

Meet The ‘Carolers’

David Adams – Narrator #1 – Scrooge

David last appeared at The Metro Theatre in Pack of Lies, 84 Charing Cross Road and Caine Mutiny Court Martial in the mid-80s! He’s since had the good fortune to enjoy a varied career as actor, singer and director, across the country. Notable achievements include: National Tours of Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat & Sunset Boulevard, 5 seasons at The Shaw Festival and an appearance on The X-Files!

Roger Monk – Narrator #2

Roger is very fortunate to have spent his entire career in the performing arts. A Grammy award-winning recording engineer, he is best known for his big band and orchestral recordings.

He owns and operates Dick & Roger’s Sound Studio, a professional audio post-production recording studio in Vancouver. As a character actor, he has appeared on many stages around the lower mainland including The Royal Canadian Theatre Company, Side Kick Players, Vagabond Players, and Metro Theatre.

Jill Raymond – Narrator #3

Jill Raymond is a multi-award-winning international creator and actor. She is also Founder/Artistic Director of Direct Theatre Collective. In the midst of the darkness of 2020, she hopes this show can bring you some light and hope, and toasts to you and your loved ones.

Chris Ward – Narrator #4

Chris is thrilled to finally be returning to the stage this Christmas season! Chris is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program, and is ecstatic to bring life to this classic tale that we all know and love. Chris couldn’t be more grateful to be working with such an excellent cast and creative team.

Emilia Michalowska – Narrator #5

Soon to be graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama Emilia is a New York, LA, and Vancouver based actor originally from Vancouver. Prior to her time in New York, Emilia graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California where she also spent time studying at UCB and Groundlings. Emilia hopes this production will bring people joy and comfort in this most difficult time.

Scotia Browner – Narrator #6

Scotia is honoured to be a part of “A Christmas Carol – Radio Play”. Select credits: Metro Theatre – King Arthurʼs Court (Young Arthur); Gateway Theatre – The Music Man (Amaryllis); PDA – Second Star to the Right (Peter Pan); Align Entertainment – Shrek (White Rabbit); TUTS – Mamma Mia! (Ensemble); NWSS – Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Upcoming: “Home for the Holidays” – Gateway Theatre. Many thanks to Chris, Erik, Kat and the Metro Theatre Team for this opportunity. Enjoy the show!

Courtney Shields – COVID Cover & Assistant Director

Courtney is an actor and educator based in the lower mainland. She is a dual graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program and the UBC BFA, currently working as a Drama/Dance Teacher at David Thompson Secondary. Courtney has worked with a variety of local theatre companies, including: Mitch and Murray Productions, Awkward Stage Productions, Beach House Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Align Entertainment, RCMT, Gateway Theatre, and eight summers with TUTS. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

Chris Adams – Director

Chris is a two-time Ovation Award winning actor, two-time Jessie Award winning producer, and two-time Jessie Nominated director, who holds his BFA from UVIC. Directing credits include Company with Raincity Theatre, Sweeney Todd with Snapshots Collective, Seussical and The Addams Family with Kay Meek, Rock of Ages with Renegade, 13 with BOTCo, and, of course, last year’s panto; Alice In Wonderland

Erik Gow – Playwright

Erik Gow is a Vancouver based Jessie nominated Actor, Composer, Playwright, and Educator.

When not performing, Erik holds regular teaching positions with Bard on the Beach, The Shadbolt Arts Centre, Arts Club Theatre, Arts Umbrella, Gateway Theatre, and the University of British Columbia. He is also available for masterclasses and workshops in acting, voice, music, and physical theatre.

Erik has composed several TYA shows for the Beach House Theatre, two original musicals for Studio 58, and last year wrote Metro Theatre’s Christmas Pantomime. Currently Erik is a resident artist with the Arts Club Emerging Playwright Unit, and is co-composing music for “Cry Heart, But Never Break” with Axis Theatre.

Tracy-Lynn Chernaske – Set Designer

A freelance Scenic Artist, Tracy-Lynn has been the resident Scenic Painter/Set Decorator at Metro Theatre for over 10 years. In addition to working for theatre groups all over the lower mainland, she also works as a fine art painter and is back at school to become an Expressive Arts Therapist.

Joscelyne Tamburri – Costume Designer/Rehearsal ASM

Joscelyne Tamburriis very excited to be back at the Metro this Christmas season, but this time as the costume designer and rehearsal ASM for their first-ever live radio play, Christmas Carol. You may recognize her from her performance as Tweedle Dummer in last year’s “Alice in Wonderland: The Pantomime” or from other shows around Vancouver, such as “Rock of Ages” (Renegade), “42nd Street”, “Mary Poppins” (TUTS), or as a main cast member at The Giggle Dam. She is very grateful to Chris Adams and Metro Theatre for giving her this opportunity to step offstage out of the stage lights, and into her role as the costume designer, and to Kat Palmer for being a wonderful SM as usual. Enjoy the show!

Kat Palmer – Stage Manager

Originally from Ottawa, Kat is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Though usually onstage, she’s been found behind the scenes on 13! The Musical (BoTCo), Alice in Wonderland (Metro Theatre) and the Jessie Award-winning Sweeney Todd (Snapshots Collective). Kat is thankful to be back in the theatre, working (6 feet apart) with such a wonderful team.

Frances Herzer – Co-Props Mistress & Co-Foley Designer

Frances is delighted to be working on another Metro production, but wearing a brand new hat: that of sound effects! For the record, old dogs are perfectly capable of learning new tricks!!! Past Metro productions include A Bunch of Amateurs (Props), Persuasion (Assistant director), Blithe Spirit ( Madam Arcati), Emma (Miss Bates).

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Watch A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play Online!

By Donation to Metro Theatre, we are proud to release a Digital Stream of the show.

This digital performance goes live Dec 21st at 2 pm and is available to watch until Jan 3rd, 2021

You will receive the link to the digital stream and a password with your completed donation.

In accordance with the latest order from the BC Ministry of Health, Metro Theatre has cancelled all our live performances of A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play.

Metro Theatre is a non-profit and as such our operating budget comes from ticket sales, so the cancellation of our Christmas show will have a significant impact on our organization. This is a wonderful production that so many have put their heart and soul into that really deserves to be seen so we are offering an option to WATCH A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play ONLINE!

METRO’s General Manager

“I wish you could have seen it live. This original production was a shining example of the all the best that theatre can bring to theatre goers and to those of us that worked on it. It’s not often that the creative passion of so many on the production team, backstage and on stage, can work and build on each other in collaboration. This is theatre. Please support this passion so that making theatre can thrive in the future.” – Les Erskine

The Pivot from Panto

General Manager and Technical Director Les Erskine talks about our pivot from our traditional pantos of the last 35 years to theatre during Covid -19 to online watching for Christmas Carol – The Radio Play

Production Photos

A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play
Scrooge in A Radio Play
Production Photo Credit to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Previews & Interviews

Huge thanks to Cynthia Ramsay of Jewish Independent for this awesome article on The Christmas Carol – The Radio Play

Scrooge Reading in the radio play
read review – click here

Roger Monk chats with Stephen Quinn on CBC The Early Edition

Scrooges PArtner with Chains
hear this Early Edition – click here

“In some ways, the radio play format allows more play,” says Richmondite Jill Raymond

Cratchets wife shares
Check out this wonderful #interview by Hannah Scott of theRichmond Sentinel to learn more about the #foley in #AChristmasCarol – The #RadioPlay – click here

Catch David Adam’s interview with Stirling Faux on News Talk 980 CKNW. Set the On Demand Audio to December 23rd interview Starts at 11:18 am to 11:26 am

Scrooge in A Radio Play
click here for the Audio Vault Link

Thanks to Mark Booth of the Delta Optimist for this wonderful piece letting people know about our digital stream of #AChristmasCarol – The #RadioPlay.

A Christmas Carol Digital Stream
read more in the Delta Optimist – click here

Other Press:

We were  featured in the Vancouver Christmas Guide 2020 with contests for tickets run by them on social media during October, November and December

Tiny Tim in the Radio Play

Intermission listed Metro as #2 on their hit parade for the week behind Fronteras Americasa and ahead of the Arts Club 12 Days of Christmas

Kids News featured Metro as a must see

Kids up Front ( yes the people we have invited over the years) gave us some nice press indicating how generous we have been with tickets and arrangements for them and encouraged people to donate to community theatre.

Vancouver Christmas Guide gave us a fresh post about the show being a must see which was picked up by Tourism Vancouver, GVPTA, and Georgia Straight

Broadway World kept us on their Digital Stream calendar with a link ( you usually get booted off after one run)

Entertainment Vancouver and Vancouver Presents continue to amplify what we are posting by sharing it with their followers

We are excited to be part of CBC Vancouver’s annual Food Bank Day show On The Coast segment hosted by Gloria Macarenko  December 4th

Catch David Adams, who plays Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play being interviewed at around 4:30 pm

In addition to raising funds for local food banks this year, CBC Vancouver will be encouraging acts of kindness in the community to spread goodwill and cheer during an especially challenging holiday season.  #maketheseasonkind