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What the Dickens? Classic Christmas tale becomes a musical
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Barry Park plays the title role in Scrooge, a musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

A musical re-telling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is being brought to life at the Old Mill Theatre this December. Written by James Leisy and directed by Justin Freind, Scrooge is closely adapted from the music and screenplay from the 1970 film of the same name.

It follows the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge who, through greed, has lost all that is good but undergoes redemption on Christmas Eve after being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. "Composer James Leisy calls Scrooge 'a musical play'," Justin said. "It has all the wonderful characters we know and love from A Christmas Carol and it's a lot of fun for all the family.

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Atira Shack, left, Hayley Grant, Craig Menner, Orlando Borg and Tahlia Menner play the Cratchit family in Scrooge.

One of the biggest challenges directing this show is how to stage it the Old Mill Theatre stage isn't exactly huge so it's been an interesting challenge trying to work out how we are going to set it and make it work. Also, with a cast of about 25, it's a challenge where they will all go, even off-stage. I may have to hang some of them from the rafters because we only have two dressing rooms. But that's the fun of live theatre and, in the end, it's usually the challenges that make us want to do this."

First performing at age seven with the Bridgetown Repertory Club, Justin has been on the stage ever since. He has appeared with the Midnite Youth Theatre Company, Music Theatre Company of WA, Regal Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA, Music Spectrum and the West Australian Opera, as well as working in the UK and New Zealand.

"When the Old Mill Theatre was looking for a show to end 2016, I straight away thought of Scrooge," Justin said. "I was musical director of the show at Melville four years ago and it's a great one to do again."

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Justin Freind, right, is directing Scrooge at the Old Mill Theatre, which also features his children, Matilda, Cooper and Blake Jenkins.

Scrooge is also something of a family affair for Justin, given it also features his children Blake, Cooper and Matilda Jenkins. "It can sometimes be a little difficult working with your own family in a show," Justin said. "With Scrooge, all three of my stepkids are in the production but I'm glad they are.

"They have grown up coming to rehearsals and performances and all act, sing and dance. Sometimes they try to bend the rules a bit, thinking Da won't mind, but that doesn't work with me, especially when I'm the director and musical director of this production."

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Grant Malcolm, centre, plays Marley's Ghost and is appearing with his children Felix, left, and Eliza in Scrooge.

The show also features other families working together, including Grant Malcolm and his children Felix and Eliza. Grant plays the ghost of Jacob Marley while Felix is Scrooge as a young man and Eliza has taken on the role of Polly.

Working together with his children on anything is, according to Grant, a great opportunity to show by example how to work productively with others. "We swap notes after rehearsals and practice lines and songs together, especially on the way to and from rehearsal," he said. "I love watching them enjoying themselves, growing and blossoming as performers and I'm so very proud of them and their achievements."

Scrooge plays at 7.30pm December 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16 with 2pm matinees December 4 and 11. Tickets are $25, $20 concession book at oldmilltheatre.com.au/tickets or on 9367 8719. The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

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George O'Doherty, left, and Barry Park are appearing in Scrooge this December.

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Why? It's a charming musical take on a Dickens classic, just in time for Christmas
When: 7.30pm December 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15 & 16; 2pm December 4 & 11
Phone: 93678719
Where: Old Mill Theatre, Mends Street, South Perth
Cost: $25, $20 concession
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Great review! Sounds like a great show.
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1847 days ago
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