This story and this character have been a beloved and essential part of holiday celebrations for 177 years now. But why do we remain drawn to the humbugging Ebenezer Scrooge, the cantankerous hero of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol? Well, why don’t we ask Ebenezer?! Or rather, three Ebenezers!
Today is the day for a pan-Albertan Scrooge slam down, as CKUA puts our Scrooge Questionnaire to the stars of three Alberta stage productions of A Christmas Carol.
Ted Dykstra of Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, Rosebud Theatre‘s Nathan Schmidt, and Mike Tan of Theatre Calgary, will all weigh in on what it’s like to play this “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, covetous old sinner,” what mysteries lie within Dickens’ tale, and why we’re so moved when old Ebenezer declares at the end, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
Grant Stovel brings us a CKUA Scrooge-Off. Listen Below: