Have a very moosey Christmas

A Chrismoose Carol, the poor man's (and funny man's) Christmas Carol delivers laughs, surprises and festive flavour. It might also be making Charles Dickens, the original's writer, spin in his grave. But actor Josh Bertwhistle doesn't think so. "Dickens would be all, 'Why didn't I think of that?" he says. KATE WARE PHOTO

Calgary improv group delivers its own take on classic

For those with a desire to dose themselves with yuletide cheer, what better way than to attend a merry play at the Loose Moose Theatre?
A Chrismoose Carol is based on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. But instead of straight dull theatrics,  the local production is infused with improvisation, laughter and twists that would make M. Night Shyamalan cream his pants.
“The only constant is that we try to make the show as much fun as possible. Ours is definitely an adult comedy, so if you want to laugh, a lot, this is the show to see,“ says artistic director Dennis Cahill.
“Dickens would be all, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’” says actor Josh Bertwhistle, who plays the Ghost of Chrismoose Past.
The performance is also ideal for non-theatre-going types  because it’s fresh, budget friendly and always interesting.
“Each year since 1986, we have adapted the story in a variety of different ways, i.e. as a western, set in the 1930s, and a version where three actors played all the parts and the audience chose who they wanted to play Scrooge,” says Cahill.
Interestingly, the initial inspiration for this unique rendition of a Christmas classic came in reaction to Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. The well-known production  flaunts elaborate sets, expensive costumes and three-figure ticket prices.
“As we are a poor improvisation theatre, we felt we could produce a very entertaining version with a budget of less than a $100, which we did. We had so much fun the first year, as did our audience, that we decided to do a new version the following year and have ever since,” says Cahill.
A Chrismoose Carol runs from Dec. 2-18. Student tickets run from $12-$15.

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