"Dickens is always a bit bleak," Trish said. "I couldn't resist cheering him up a bit! I haven't met an audience that doesn't like a laugh, a bit of pathos and some lovely music chucked in for good measure.
"A Christmas Carol might be a classic but it's also a human story about being lost and then being found. Given it's Dickens, I don't suppose the audience will expect it to be funny but humour can be found in almost all situations – so there is a mix of the dark and light."
Classically trained at the UK's Royal College of Music, Trish has spent many years in theatre, musical comedy and pantomime but has mainly worked as a singer and teacher. She was musical director of the Kalamunda Showtime Singers for 13 years, writing and directing their twice-yearly shows.
In 2010, Trish was named best director for her production of Lily at the Hills Festival of Theatre and, more recently, has appeared in The Trial of CY O'Connor with ARENAarts and The Wizard of Oz at the Old Mill Theatre.
The main challenge with A Christmas Carol, she says, was adding humour to the show. "Scrooge lost himself in his business and made bad decisions about his love life," Trish said. "He was miserable although he didn't know it.
"He made people around him miserable and if he glimpsed even a small flicker of happiness about him, he sought to extinguish it. The challenge was to make it funny and with the audience having a laugh, they can help cajole Scrooge out of his dark life. It is so much fun when he is redeemed!"
"Juggling rehearsals and school can be a bit of a challenge, as well as having to stay in character and not get distracted, but it's lots of fun. I also have one quick costume change where I need to get back on stage as Ignorance and it can be a bit tricky staying quiet backstage."