Day 1: Bob Cratchit (played by Fowler)
CREATIVITY QUOTE: “Mr Scrooge," said Bob; “I'll give you Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast.”
Bob Cratchit teaches us to be thankful and joyful in all situations, reminding us that a thankful heart is a happy heart...
Bob Cratchit is a character in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens which will be portrayed by Fowler Trotter next week in the play you will see.. Cratchit is an underpaid clerk who works for Ebenezer Scrooge. He works long hours with terrible working conditions, but is loyal to Scrooge. In the story, Bob Cratchit is first seen at his work. He is copying letters by hand at his desk. Cratchit spends most days at work shivering, due to Scrooge's rationing of the coal.
Bob’s family lives in a very small house, their clothes are old and worn.
When Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, it is seeing Bob Cratchit and his family that most inspire Scrooge to have a character reversal. Bob Cratchit is inspiring because of his continual optimism and cheery attitude. Cratchit can not give his family Christmas dinner and he cannot afford medical help for his ill son, but still he is grateful and happy. This positive attitude seen by Scrooge, teaches us to be thankful for what we have and to remember that it isn’t money, but the love of family and friends and keeping a thankful heart that make one happy..
Day 2: Fred (Frederica in our play, portrayed by Anna)
Scrooge's nephew (the son of Scrooge's sister, Fan), who, like Bob Cratchit maintains a child-like enjoyment of life and family. Fred maintains a generous spirit toward his miserly uncle, extending an annual invitation to Christmas dinner no matter how many times Scrooge declines it. He invites Scrooge not out of a sense of obligation, but out of a sincere desire to spread and share his sense of joy.
Creativity Quote: But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when
it has come round --as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant
time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and
women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of
all people as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not
another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though
it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that
it has done me good, and will do me good; and
I say, God bless it!
Creativity knows that despite the differences in how we look, what we have, who we are, and what we do ...each and every one of us matter.
Day 3 - Ebenezer Scrooge (portrayed by John Phillip)
There are few characters more associated with Christmas than Ebenezer Scrooge. You have to wonder if when Charles Dickens created the penny-pinching miser, he had any idea of the longevity Scrooge would enjoy, or that of all of Dickens’ novels "A Christmas Carol" would be the one most well known….and thanks to who? Scrooge! For years readers and viewers of the film have read and watched, not because Scrooge is so mean, but because we want to witness his change into a caring, generous human being. We discover that is is fear, hidden under his meaness, that makes him tick. We go back with him and the Ghosts and see his childhood and are saddened. We come to understand Ebenezer. We see Scrooge at his absolute "Bah, Humbug!" worst and shake our heads. We watch him learn hard lessons and experience regret, the desire for forgiveness, and finally his salvation. Scrooge is so popular because at times each part of him --from his worst to his best --is a picture of ourselves.
Creativity Quote: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Creativity believes that the lessons of the past help us to make better choices today, thereby giving us a brighter future.
Day 4 - Marley: (played by Lainie)
Marley's is doomed to a wasteland of endless journeying. Even though it is to late for him, Marley comes to Scrooge in order to save Scrooge from his fate. Part of the lesson that Scrooge must learn is that life is short but regrets are long and haunting, and have an affect even after death. Marley's is disgusted when Scrooge tells him he was a "good man of business." Marley is there to tell Scrooge in a powerful way that business is terrifically small and narrow in comparison to the rest of life. Marley's visit sets Scrooge on a frightening path that eventually leads to redemption.
Creativity Quote: "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
The most important thing in life is NOT creativity, but caring for each other.
Day 5 - Ghost of Christmas Past (played by Brooks)
This ghost has a beautiful aura, and makes the past seem like a shining beacon compared to Scrooge’s dark, cold present. Childhood is connected to light and nature, but there is also something unnatural about this ghost – her aged, faraway look and angelic presence tell us how distant and different the past is. This ghost will remind Ebenezer of his childhood, his teen years --good memories, sad memories... memories he does not want to face.