Puppets ‘A Christmas Carol’ show starts Dec 10th

Four principals in the Port Dover production of Charles Dickens’ much-loved ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Lighthouse Theatre are seen during rehearsal this week, (left to right) Phil McLaren with puppet Mrs. Dilber, puppet the Ghost of Christmas Present with Linda Carter, puppet Tiny Tim and Marlene Morton, puppet Scrooge and Byron Morton.

Four principals in the Port Dover production of Charles Dickens’ much-loved ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Lighthouse Theatre are seen during rehearsal this week, (left to right) Phil McLaren with puppet Mrs. Dilber, puppet the Ghost of Christmas Present with Linda Carter, puppet Tiny Tim and Marlene Morton, puppet Scrooge and Byron Morton.

REHEARSALS are underway for the run of ‘A Christmas Carol’ with a twist that will delight audiences of all ages.
The main characters in this famous story by Charles Dickens are life-size puppets.
The Port Dover Maple Leaf attended a rehearsal this week on the Lighthouse Theatre stage and the performances of the characters is beyond belief. Although some performances are already sold out for school classes, this is very much adult entertainment too. Six performances are scheduled … but the theatre reports, “additional shows could be added.”
This version of the famous story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and others is a unique Port Dover production.
The puppets were created and made by professional puppeteer Byron Morton of Port Dover. The actors working with the puppets, giving them life and voice include Richard Dupp, Darlene Degrieck, Linda Carter, Phil McLaren, J.P. Antonacci, Byron and Marlene Morton, all of whom are from the area or have acted on the Lighthouse stage. These seven actors will use over 20 puppets, each designed and made by Mr. Morton.
The show is being directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Derek Ritschel. He said, “I have directed a lot of shows in my 20-year career. I have enjoyed all of them to varying degrees but this one has sparked my imagination more than most others,” adding, “watching these stuffed figures come to life is truly magical.”
Byron and Marlene Morton moved to Port Dover from Ancaster about a year ago. Mr. Morton commented to The Maple Leaf, “the community of Port Dover has been a really positive move for Marlene and I. We love the pace of life here. It allows both of us to get back to our creative roots.”
His company ‘Images Puppet Productions Inc.’ designs and builds the puppets giving them a puppet character, also the mascots, script writing, music production and recording … literally everything from concept to the stage. He says, “I do traditional puppetry, nothing scary, just good clean shows that can be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults.” Their productions have been seen across Canada.
The 20 puppets’ Port Dover production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ opens on Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m. at Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Other performances are: Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. (sold out), 12:30 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 12 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each or four for $32 at the Lighthouse box office.

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