Bobbie (Hannah Knott) and Freddy (Ivan Spry) take a selfie to show off Freddy’s elf hat. He says he’ll post it on Facebook. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

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Right up-to-the-minute, Little Scrooge brings the classic tale of A Christmas Carol close to home for family audiences.

Playwright Patricia Barry Rumble has written a winner here, and the Kaatza Lakeside Players Society production, which continues at Centennial Hall Friday night Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, is the place you want to be in Lake Cowichan this weekend.

Keagan Holman carries off the role of Eben Scrooge with lots of grumpy-cat flair, and Hannah Nott as the bouncy, Christmas-loving Bobbie Cratchitt is a delight. They are joined by a fine case that includes Taylor Thomassen as Tiny Tim Cratchitt, Bobbie’s sister; Ivan Spry as Freddy and The Mirror; Lily Allen as the caroller; Roselyn Baird as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Cheryl Holman as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Helena Barger as the Ghost of Christmas Future; Graham Fielding as Mr. Fuzziwig, and Anna Young as Isabella.

Interspersed with seasonal carols, the 40-minute play is a first time onstage for several of the cast.

The production also features special guests, The Four Lake Cowichan Tenors, who will round out the evening with their great music.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon as well. Tickets are $15 for everyone 11 and older, while 10-year-olds and under get in for $10. Get your tickets at Dot’s Shoe Store, the Cowichan Lake Visitors Centre, and at the door.



lexi.bainas@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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Eben Scrooge (Keagan Holman) cowers behind a chair as his mirror speaks to him. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Opening his gift from Bobbie Cratchitt, Eben scoffs at the idea that ghosts will visit him. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Eben (Keagan Holman) proposes the idea he stole from Bobbie Cratchitt to Mr. Fuzziwig (Graham Fielding) as the Ghost of Christmas Past (Roselyn Baird) takes Little Scrooge on a journey. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Eben Scrooge (Keagan Holman) is not impressed at first by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Roselyn Baird). (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Eben Scrooge (Keagan Holman) is surprised when the Ghost of Christmas Present (Cheryl Holman) appears. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Bobbie Crachitt (Hannah Nott) shares one of her jokes with her her sister, Tiny Timmie (Taylor Thomassen). (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Bobbie Cratchitt (Hannah Nott) and her sister, Tiny Tim (Taylor Thomassen) sing a carol. They love Christmas. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Freddy (Ivan Spry) and Isabella (Anna Young) decorate their little Christmas tree for the big day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Terrified Eben Scrooge (Keagan Holman) promises Ghost of Christmas Future (Helena Barger) that he can become a better person. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

A happy feeling pervades the stage after Eben learns his lesson in Little Scrooge. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Eben Scrooge (Keagan Holman) tells Tiny Tim (Taylor Thomassen) and Bobbie Cratchitt (Hannah Nott) that it’s all going to great now. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Tiny Tim (Taylor Thomassen) loves the Christmas tree sweater Eben has given her. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The entire cast of ‘Little Scrooge’ appears on stage for the finale at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

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