Bah Humbug! A Seasonal Benefit for the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival returns for its fourth year
At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, Scrooge confronts spirits of the past, present and future. Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under city sidewalks, they bring the old pawn broker face-to-face with memories he cannot bear and relationships he cannot heal. Dickens’ haunting ghost story is filled with social satire, heartbreak and compassion. We hope that our music filled adaptation shines the light of truth on this old tale and today’s Downtown Eastside.
- Savannah Walling, Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre
Reconceived as a tale where Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Hastings Street, this imaginative all-ages production offers a bittersweet twist on a cherished classic that celebrates the transformative power of human redemption. Now more than 150 years old, Dickens’ timeless story remains relevant today, especially in light of parallels between the economic disparities of Victorian London and Vancouver’s DTES.
Directed by Max Reimer
Musical Direction by Neil Weisensel
Starring Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge
Margo Kane as The Narrator
Steve Maddock as Jacob Marley
Tom Pickett as Bob Crachit
joined by a cast of professional and DTES community actors.
The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.
Preview: December 11, 2013, 7:30pm – $5 suggested donation at the door
December 12, 2013, 7:30pm
December 13, 2013, 7:30pm
December 14, 2013, 2:30pm
December 14, 2013, 7:30pm
Tickets can be purchased online at www.sfuwoodwards.ca or at the door one hour before show time.
“Each year, the adaptation has different creative twists and turns as we continue to highlight vital issues affecting the DTES. Taking inspiration from Dickens, we’re proud to work in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre to benefit a dynamic cultural program in our community” says Michael Boucher, Director, Cultural Programs & Partnerships, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.
Commissioned and co-produced by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre with support from SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Bah! Humbug! is a benefit for the flagship Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, which partners each year with forty-plus Downtown Eastside involved community arts and non-arts organizations.