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A Fun Take on a Festive Favourite

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

Cast of Farndale Ave...A Christmas Carol rehearse
(L-R) Darren Thyne, Darlene Carr, Jennifer Cody, Cielo Richardson, and Kate Humphreys rehearse a musical number accompanied by pianist Adriana Proton

Rivercity Plays is delighted to return to the stage this November with a hilarious take on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr., The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol is one of a series of delightful plays about the fictional society and their attempts to mount a production of a famous work.

The ladies, and long suffering stage manager, Gordon, mount a full assault on the much loved Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Miscues, costume and prop failures abound but it won't stop the stalwart thespians from bringing the story to their adoring followers.

The Rivercity Players production will be directed by Dee and Dick Poulton. The directors first saw the play performed in Vancouver several years ago, and as soon as Dick and Dee saw the Rivercity Stage they knew it was the perfect venue to present it in. Dee was quick to respond when Rivercity Players’ call for directors for the 2022-2023 season went out.

“This play is unique in it's wacky approach to theatre production,” says Dee. “This series of plays are not produced often because of the intricate dance of light, sound and multi-character acting required. There are not many plays that break the fourth wall throughout it's acts and the fact that the audience isn't familiar with this version of A Christmas Carol is really exciting for us.”

The cast features Jennifer Cody, Darlene Carr, Darren Thyne, Cielo Richardson and Kate Humphreys.

Opening night is Thursday November 24th at the Rivercity Stage at 7:30pm. The play runs November 24th to 26th at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday November 26th and Sunday November 27th at 2pm. It then continues December 1st to 3rd with three more evening performances at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $25 and available now at

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