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It's been too long for the greatest Christmas story ever told

Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the famous trio of ghosts in this classic Christmas adventure. Presented by Theatre Junkies Anonymous Fine Arts, A Christmas Carol is playing December 19th-22nd at the new UFV Canada Education Park Studio Theatre on the old Canadian Forces Base in Chilliwack.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see the unforgettable story come to life,” says director Gabriel Kirkley.

“If you can believe it, to my knowledge A Christmas Carol hasn’t had a full production in Chilliwack since the Players' Guild in 1990.

"That’s far too long when we’re talking about the greatest Christmas story ever told!”

Adapted by Kirkley and local actor/playwright Thomas Smith from the story by Charles Dickens, this production preserves the setting and spirit of the original.

“If you’re looking for a way to get into the Christmas spirit this holiday season,” says Kirkley, “I can’t think of any better way than watching Scrooge learn the value of family, friends and holiday cheer.”

Jonathan Friesen, an alumnus of the UFV Theatre program, is taking on the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Other performers include Aaron Froc as Bob Cratchit, Danielle Milette as Mrs. Cratchit, Patrick Jolicoeur as Fred, Parker Zacharias as Tiny Tim, and Connie Bahnman, Matt McLean and Dylan Schroeder as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Rounding out the ensemble cast are Jessie Whatley, Matthew Paine, Natasha Thompson, Torry Janz, Celina Lewis, and Terrell Zacharias.

“This production is full of spectacular characters that actors love to sink their teeth into,” says Kirkley, “It’s funny, light-hearted, moving at times, and generally just an all-around crowd-pleaser. You don’t want to miss it!”

Tickets to A Christmas Carol at Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office by visiting www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or calling 604-391-SHOW (7469). The CEP Studio Theatre is part of the new UFV Canada Education Park campus at 45190 Caen Ave. Visit www.theatrejunkiesanonymous.com for directions and more information.

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