Production 135 A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolBy Charles Dickens

Performed on Thu 19th to Sat 21st December 1991 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Charles Dickens Tony Sewell
Ebenezer Scrooge Richard Sewell
Bob Cratchitt (Clerk to Scrooge) David Penfold
Frederick (Scrooge’s nephew) David Ashton
Gentleman Chris Tester
Gentlewoman Phyllis Gray
Boy Carol Singer John Borley
Marley’s Ghost Mike Thomas
Ghost of Christmas Past Mark Comley
Boy Scrooge Nathan Digweed
Little Fan (Scrooge’s sister as a child) Alice Lavelle
Fezziwig (apprentice Scrooge’s employer) Chris Tester
Apprentice Scrooge Russell Bright
Young Scrooge Peter Sewell
Young Scrooge’s Fiancé Emily Straight
Ghost of Christmas Present Nathan Sewell
Mrs. Cratchitt Linda Borley
Belinda Cratchitt Zoe Marsh
Peter Cratchitt Peter Sewell
Two Little Cratchitts Jackie Hudson & Charlie Chittenden
Martha Cratchitt Samantha Davis
Tiny Tim Cratchitt Stephen Borley
Frederick’s Wife Avril Cameron
Topper (friend of Fred and his wife) Barrie Lewis
Belle (friend of Fred and his wife) Carol Melville
Ignorance Kevin Ayers
Want Lizzie Chittenden
Ghost of Christmas Future Nathan Sewell
Apple Seller Andrea Coyston
Mrs. Swale Dot Smith
Mr. Darby Mike Thomas
Mrs. Dilber Prue Jamieson
Another Woman Phyllis Gray
Mrs. Carter Stephanie Walmsley
Errand Boy Damien Turner
Child Carol Singers Zoe Marsh, Andrea Coyston, & John Borley
Butcher Barrie Lewis
Violinist Mike Thomas

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ Classic On Stage

The Guild Players open tonight (Thursday) with a sparkling production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This has been adapted for the stage by Richard Sewell, a teacher at Dover Grammar School for Boys. His brother, Christopher Sewell, directs the play. There is a large cast and this includes many talented youngsters. David Penfold, who has had considerable experience wit The Minster Players is cast as Bob Cratchitt, and Richard Sewell, in addition to his writing, plays Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Players Captured Spirit of Christmas

Charles Dickens virtually created the Christmas we know today with his tale, A Christmas Carol. And all the magic of the Christmas spirit was captured perfectly by The Guild Players in their dramatisation of the story last week. The adaptation by Richard Sewell brought to life all the characters of Dickens’ Victorian drama to perfection. It was a careful and yet heart-warming transformation from printed page to theatre. Richard encapsulated Dickens’ perfect story in a masterly way, and he was helped in the process by a competent and enthusiastic cast. And as Scrooge, Richard brought to life one of the great characters of English literature. I found his characterisation perfect in every detail, a truly dominating performance. Particularly impressive were youngsters Mark Comley as Christmas Past and Nathan Sewell as Christmas Present. I was taken, particularly, with the diction of both and their stage personalities. Here ae two young people with much to offer local theatre. Carol Penfold made an endearing Bob Cratchitt and David Ashton was personable as Scrooge’s nephew. There was a large cast and every one was excellent throughout. One cannot hope to enumerate each personal performance, although they certainly deserve it. Others in the cast were Tony Sewell, Chris Tester, Phyllis Gray, John Borley, Mike Thomas, Nathan Digweed, Alice Lavelle, Russell Bright, Peter Sewell, Emily Straight, Linda Borley, Zoe Marsh, Jackie Hudson, Charlie Chittenden, Samantha Davis, Stephen Borley, Avril Cameron, Barrie Lewis, Carol Melville, Kevin Ayres, Lizzie Chittenden, Andrew Coyston, Dot Smith, Mike Thomas, Prue Jamieson, Stephanie Walmsley and Damien Turner. Christopher Sewell, who has devoted much to amateur drama through the years, directed A Christmas Carol. As always his direction was consummate and it is particularly to his credit how the young performers responded. The atmosphere of Victorian times and of the Christmases of those days was well created, and was enhanced by the excellent costumes arranged by Sue Wilkinson, Gill Watson and Olive Harlow. All in all this was splendid entertainment for Christmas and more than maintained The Guild Players fine tradition for festive fare. Next year’s Guild Players productions will include the hit British Musical The Boyfriend, which promises to be an exciting production.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Russell Bright
Stage Managers Prue Jamieson, Larry Smith, Barry Sullivan, Lee Pemble & Leigh Rose
Set Richard Sewell, Peter Sewell, Nathan Sewell & Christopher Sewell
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Follow Spot Christine Eyden
Props Guild Players Members
Costumes Sue Wilkinson, Gill Watson & Olive Harlow
Make-Up Lynda Borley & Phyllis Gray
Prompt Stephanie Young
Recorded Carols Sung By John Borley & Richard Sewell
Sound Christopher Sewell
Pyrotechnics George Hanson
Front of House Brenda Smith & Pam Rawcliffe
Bar Ken Watson & Giff Goldfinch
Refreshments Sue Watson
Publicity Stephanie Young
Guild Players Stall Christine Eyden
Box Office Guild Players Members

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