Bah! Humbug! 2016

Bah! Humbug! returns for a seventh year featuring Juno-Award Winning musician Jim Byrnes* as Ebenezer Scrooge. Don't miss this festive, seasonal Woodward's tradition!   Thursday December 8, 2016 - 7:30pm Friday December 9, 2016 - 7:30pm Saturday December 10, 2016 - 2pm & 7:30pm Sunday December 11, 2016 - 2pm Wednesday December 14, 2016 - 1pm Thursday December 15, 2016 - 7:30pm Friday December 16, 2016 - 7:30pm Saturday December 17, 2016 - 2pm & 7:30pm Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver With a script that is fine-tuned annually in response to the current issues affecting Vancouver’s DTES, Bah! Humbug! is Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol reconceived: a modern-day, sushi-loving Ebenezer Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, where he is timing Bob Cratchit’s late arrival to work on his iPhone. Jim Byrnes as Scrooge Directed by Max Reimer*Bah! Humbug! features Juno award-winning musician Jim Byrnes* as Ebenezer Scrooge, actress Margo Kane* as the narrator, actor David Marr  as Marley, and gospel and blues singer/actor as Tom Pickett. These Vancouver favourites are joined by a cast of professional and DTES community actors, including Stephen Lytton, winner of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. Musical performances are diverse and include pop songs, folk, blues, gospel and industrial rock along with traditional seasonal favourites, directed by Bill Costin. Strathcona-based artist Richard Tetrault, responsible for over 40 public mural projects in the city, presents large scale projections of his mono-prints and linocuts of the back alleys, ravens, and houses of East Vancouver.From the songs of Nine Inch Nails to Buffy Sainte Marie, musical performances are diverse and include pop songs, folk, blues, gospel and industrial rock along with traditional seasonal favourites. The angelic sounds of a children's choir will fill the theatre rafters, and the audience will also be invited to sing along with the cast.   Margo Kane as Martha Cratchit 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.Commissioned and co-produced by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs with Vancouver Moving Theatre in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Bah! Humbug! supports the flagship Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, which partners each year with forty-plus Downtown Eastside arts and non-arts organizations.   “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,” says Savannah Walling, Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre. Stephen Lytton as The Ghost of Christmas Future   “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.”     *Appear with permission from Canadian Actors Equity   To purchase tickets, go to
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