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A decidedly different Christmas Carol production

Steve Goupil plays Gordon, who is playing the ghost of Jacob Marley in the farcical version of “A Christmas Carol” playing at the Bremerton Community Theatre.  - Photo by Marcie Miller
Steve Goupil plays Gordon, who is playing the ghost of Jacob Marley in the farcical version of “A Christmas Carol” playing at the Bremerton Community Theatre.
— image credit: Photo by Marcie Miller

While Victorian English writer Charles Dickens’ traditional tale, “A Christmas Carol” is as much a part of the holidays as mistletoe or midnight sales, the Bremerton Community Theatre has taken a different approach entirely with the classic.

The theater is presenting “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol.”

The story, written by David McGillivary and Walter Zerlin, Jr. is a farce that is more intent on inflicting side-splitting laughs than imparting moral messages.

Director Donna Barland first directed the production 10 years ago at BCT, and it played to sold out houses during its two week-run.

“It’s just silly,” she said of its audience appeal. “It’s not your typical traditional show.”

The action centers around a group of easily befuddled older English women who attempt to stage their version of the Christmas classic. The resulting play within a play creates some hilarious moments and the play follows a “Murphy’s Law” format — anything that can go wrong does.

Barland said the play is also a good opportunity for some of the mature women in the theater, for whom parts are few and far between.

The multi-layered plot with a small cast means the actors play more than one role.

Judy Nichols plays Thelma, who is playing Scrooge. Linda Jensen plays Mrs. Reece, who is playing a gentleman and Tiny Tim. Donna Kennedy plays Felicity, who is playing the Snowman, a school girl, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, the Ghost of Christmas Present and Tiny Tim. Barbara Miller plays Mercedes, who is

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