December, 1988. 3 excerpts - beginning, middle, end - from the full length production.
This version of the Dickens classic was staged - in typical high tech (3 slide projectors!) meets low budget (bedsheets for screens) style - by Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow at Artspace in the Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario. With McLachlan as the narrator and Winslow as Scrooge, other performers seen here include Serge Bertrand, Fred Graver, Phil Black, Bill Kimball, and most notably Caron Garside as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Garside was probably the most unconventional - and entertaining - actor in Peterborough at the time, and proves it here by performing in part with a burning candle on top of her head (at 5:20).
This production was staged as a benefit to assist Artspace, the artist-run centre that had been operating in the Market Hall for 4 years, in recovering from a damaging dispute with the owner of the building who, earlier in the year, had forced Artspace out of the Hall in a failed attempt to break the lease. Both Winslow and McLachlan (as chair) served on the Artspace board of directors at the time.
This video was shot and compiled by PowerHouse Digital Video.