When:
December 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
2019-12-20T19:00:00-05:00
2019-12-20T19:15:00-05:00
Where:
First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple St
Collingwood
ON L9Y 2R2
Contact:
Theatre Collingwood
705-445-2200

A Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 7pm. at First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood

Written by Charles Dickens
Direction by Erica Angus & presented by Theatre Collingwood

In 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol was published, and the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge has touched the hearts of readers and audiences ever since.

This holiday season Theatre Collingwood will bring the Victorian classic to the stage as it would have been performed in a radio studio in the 1930s, as a dramatic reading. It is our desire to create an event that is fun and entertaining for all ages, and will bring the community together for a holiday celebration.

The production will be directed by Theatre Collingwood’s executive director, Erica Angus, and the roles will be performed by community members and local actors.

The performance will be approximately one hour long, at which point we will invite everyone to join us for a holiday reception with the cast, including mulled cider and Christmas baking. The price of admission for this evening will be $25/ticket.

Proceeds from this event will go to support Theatre Collingwood’s programming and our youth drama education program. All performers are donating their time and efforts. Theatre Collingwood is a non-profit theatre company with charitable status. Our mission is to enrich and entertain our South Georgian Bay community, and visitors to the region, by presenting and producing live professional theatre. It is our goal to tell great stories while bringing the community together in a positive way, and always in a facility that is accessible to all.

In keeping with the festive time of year, we will be accepting financial donations this evening in support of the Actors Fund of Canada, which is a lifeline for Canadian actors in financial need.

BIOS:

Andy Dumas is a versatile stage performer and a veteran of radio and television. He is the author of several sports & fitness books and was the resident fitness expert on ‘Real life’ on CTS-TV. Andy has been acting throughout the GTA for many years. Some of Andy’s recent favourite plays include  Key for Two ,  Mousetrap ,  Murdered to Death  and  Noises Off . Andy’s favourite holiday movie: “A Christmas Story”.
Shealyn Angus-Duhamel is a locally grown wedding planner and singer. The daughter of Theatre Collingwood Executive Director Erica Angus, Shealyn comes by her talents naturally and with great passion. Shealyn has had the pleasure of performing locally and internationally, as well as being the anthem singer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marlies, and Raptors. Shealyn’s favourite Christmas movie is: “The Santa Clause”.
Luke Hamilton Ford is currently attending Queen’s University and is working towards his BA in Psychology. While attending Jean Vanier, Luke performed in a number of the school’s musicals, including  Lord, What Fools ,  Vanishing Vegetables , and  Highschool Daze . Other local productions that Luke has been involved in include Sandcastle Theatre’s  Harry Potter: The Panto , Quarter Century Theatre’s  Collected Stories for a Better World  and  Miss Julie/A Doll’s House , as well as the 2018 Gaslight Tour. Luke’s favourite Christmas movie is:  The Polar Express .”
Dean Hollin has been a professional in the entertainment business for over 25 years, and his numerous credits on stage include work in musical and non-musical theatre, as well as that of Director. Additionally, he has worked in film, television, radio and is a sought-after emcee for various events and programs. He would love for you to catch his radio show “Radio Limelite – All Things Great American Songbook” — Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Jewel 99.3 FM and Jewel 88.5 FM. He’d also love for you to visit his website – www.deanhollin.com – (there’s some really neat stuff there!) Without a doubt his favourite Christmas film is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Mariane McLeod is a member of Collingwood’s town council. She is a retired journalist and broadcaster whose radio news career started in Collingwood and took her to London, Orangeville, Toronto, and back to her hometown, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband and a ridiculous dog. Her favourite Christmas movie is DIE HARD.
Doug Measures is the Mayor of Clearview Township. His municipal experience began in 2006 when elected as the Ward 1 Councillor in Clearview.  Since then, Doug has been an active supporter of culture and recreation in the township along with a sincere desire to see economic growth in the Agricultural Community. The Clearview Small Halls Festival is something Doug has given his support to as the annual festival brings a positive celebration of rural life with Arts, Theatre, Food, and Entertainment offerings across the community. Doug is happy to join the cast of tonight’s performance.    My favourite Christmas movie is “Die Hard”, of course, because Christmas doesn’t start till Hans Gruber falls from Nakatomi Plaza.
Brian Saunderson is a husband, father, lawyer, teacher, coach, volunteer and municipal politician. He practiced law for over 22 years starting his career in Ottawa with a national firm, before moving to Collingwood with his family in 2001 and joining Christie/Cummings, a local law firm. He has appeared before all levels of Courts in Ontario, as well as numerous administrative tribunals and taught business law and ethics at Georgian College. He is a great believer in the power of the individual in our communities and has served on boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations locally, provincially and nationally. He was Collingwood’s Deputy Mayor from 2014 to 2018 and was elected Mayor in 2018. Brian was a member of Canada’s rowing team from 1987 to 1992 and is a two time Olympian and World silver medallist. His favourite Christmas Movie is: The original animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” narrated by Boris Karlov.
Bill Anderson  has been an on-the-air host for the New Classical FM radio for 25 years. His program “Bill’s Classical Jukebox” takes requests for listeners’ classical music favourites. Bill’s show originates from the studios of 102.9FM in Collingwood and is also heard on Toronto’s 96.3FM and Cobourg’s 103.1FM, reaching a huge Southern Ontario audience. Bill regularly interviews guests from Southern Georgian Bay’s thriving artistic community sharing their stories across the province. Bill’s favourite Christmas movie is the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol.
Rowland Fleming was born and educated in Ireland. He and his lovely wife, Kate are now happily settled in Collingwood and enjoying retirement after a long career in the financial services industry. Rowlie, as many people know him, started as a bank teller in Dublin and over his 35 year career he had some interesting challenges, working in London, New York, Boston and Toronto, rising to leadership roles with Scotiabank, President of Dominion of Canada Insurance, President of National Trust followed by his few years as CEO of the Toronto Stock Exchange. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Ivy Business School and ever since the beginning of his working life Rowlie has been involved in a host of volunteer activities, including as a board director of Theatre Collingwood and the Collingwood Hospital Foundation. In his early retirement he began a quest for a Masters of Theological Studies at Trinity College. Rowlie & Kate love to travel, enjoy their children & grandchildren in Mississauga and Brazil and have a wide variety of interests.
Greg Gibson was born and raised in Collingwood and started playing piano when he was only four years old. He received a bachelor of music from Queen’s University in 2000. Gibson has worked as musical director for a host of theatre companies in Ontario, including Theatre Collingwood. Since 2010, he has been cruising around the world as band leader and pianist for Holland America Line cruises. His travels have taken him to six continents and over 60 countries, and he has worked with some of the top musicians and entertainers touring the globe today. Greg is currently the Musical Director for the full production of Jersey Boys being performed on the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship. Greg’s favourite Christmas movie is “The Holiday” starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz.
Erica Angus is entering her 8 th year as Executive Director for Theatre Collingwood. Her primary role is to program all the productions put on by the company which means she spends a lot of time going to shows throughout Ontario! Prior to working for Theatre Collingwood Erica was Associate Producer for Theatre by the Bay, in Barrie. She has had the pleasure of working with some of Canada’s best theatre artists and creative team members. Erica is passionate about Collingwood’s incredible arts & culture scene and looks forward to the day when we have a Centre for the Arts here! If you have not done so, please go to www.collingwoodarts.com to register your desire to see this happen too. Erica’s favourite Christmas movie is, what else………..A CHRISTMAS CAROL!
Anne Raciunas is the Box Office Manager for Theatre Collingwood and has been a part of the team since July of 2014. A graduate of the University of Guelph, Anne has previously worked in hospitality, tourism, children’s programming and balloon twisting! Anne spends her free time involved in community theatre as well as independent theatre projects. She is a valued director and actor for the Gaslight tour, and is a part of the Theatre Georgian Bay Collective.
Linda Murphy comes from a long line of theatrical performers, and continues the tradition, with having been a professional actor, High School Drama Teacher, and a dedicated Gaslight Community Theatre actor. Linda is often called upon to perform as a public speaker in her career as Realtor, with Royal LePage in Collingwood, and as an inspirational speaker, regarding her recent 3,000km solo wilderness backpacking trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. Linda is thrilled to have raised over $31,000 for victims of domestic violence, through her one-woman campaign, Hiking Home for Shelter. Linda’s favourite Christmas movies are “White Christmas” and “Elf”!
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