Too Close to Call: This town’s merriest misers
More than 10 years now.
|For how many years have you played Scrooge?||
I’ve been playing
|I give myself time. I get to the theatre early, and I get dressed early too. I stay quiet and try to give myself to the play. I try to let the play inhabit me, if that makes any sense.||How do you step into character?||I’m wearing mutton chops. They do 85 per cent of the work. The accent is another 10 per cent.|
|The movie with Alastair Sim. Unforgettable. Beautiful. Funny, sad, terribly moving.…||Most iconic Christmas Carol adaptation in pop culture?||As of the Nov. 30 opening of our show, ours will be. But until then, I’d say the 1951 film starring Alastair Sim is still the go-to.|
|I think it means two things: “Bah!” means “Stop talking rubbish,” and I think “humbug” means something like
“I’ve never heard anything so stupid.”
|What does “Bah! Humbug!” even mean, anyway?||I think it’s Victorian grump for: “Oh please. Nonsense!” It’s extremely satisfying to say,
even more so to yell.
|It’s a wonderful story, told by a master storyteller: Charles Dickens. It’s funny, sad, topical and important and reminds us of a lot of things we need to be reminded about.||Why should people come see your show?||It has all the great things from
the Dickens classic –– ghosts, redemption, a big bed –– plus singing, dancing and at least
one man in drag.
|A Christmas Carol runs Dec. 7 to 24, at the Young Centre, Soulpepper.ca||Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol, Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, Elgin Theatre, rosspetty.com|