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Teens take on Dickens’ classic!

Isaac Wallace Fillingham (Scrooge) studies the script with Arthur Hill (Marley). (Photo by Paul Adams)

Following their highly successful production of The Story of Oliver Twist in August, Workington’s Theatre Royal Youth (TRY) are looking forward to performing their version of another Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Guy Williams.

This show marks the debut of Heather Palmer (aged 17) as director, who says, “The children are working their socks off and it’s exciting to see what each individual is bringing to the performance.” Other teenage members of TRY will be looking after the sound, lighting, wardrobe, props and stage management, helping them gain vital theatre skills.

Heather Palmer (director), with members of the cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo by Paul Adams)

The Christmas Carol story has always been popular during the festive season. Seven years after the death of his business partner Jacob Marley, elderly miser Ebenezer Scrooge works well into the night on Christmas Eve. What is Christmas but a display of spending and happiness? Bah! Humbug! However, on returning home, the grumpy old man finds himself visited by four ghosts who truly turn his life around. They teach him a lesson that we can still take away today.

A Christmas Carol is on at the Theatre Royal, Washington Street, Workington, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December at 7pm. Tickets (via the Theatre Royal website http://www.theatre-royal-workington.co.uk) are £7 and £5 concessions. The Box Office is open every Monday and Wednesday from 6.45pm to 7.30pm and tickets will also be available on the door.

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