EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW IN SAN DIEGO is back in town to bring to life a fast-paced, fun, and locally-inspired version of Dicken’s holiday tale. Bill Buell, who plays Scrooge, talks about his story along with the story and how happy it is to bring that reimagined story to the stage at The Old Globe until December 26.
Bill Buell plays Ebenezer Scrooge, everyone’s favorite Victorian curmudgeon (and not to be confused with the fuzzy green holiday curmudgeon playing alongside). The show mixes music, comedy, lots of fun and of course all of those iconic ghosts to tell the story with a distinct San Diego touch.
Reading “A Christmas Carol” has long been a beloved family tradition for Buell, and he even made his first stage appearance as Scrooge with his father during the holiday season. His first performance as a miserly Scrooge came as a child in Warsaw, thanks to his fathers’ careers in the US diplomatic service. Because the Swedish Embassy had a stage, this is where Buell first approached the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in front of an audience.
âMy dad was the narrator who played Dickens and it was me and another kid doing a truncated version ofâ A Christmas Carol. âThe funny thing was that the Polish makeup artists were some of the best in the world and put me on a pig bladder on my head and made me feel like a shriveled little old man – it was amazing.
I don’t really remember who was in the audience but I’m sure it was family, friends, other diplomats – the diplomatic community was tight because it was during the Cold War. So the idea of ââcoming back and playing it at my age seems to come full circle. “
For Buell, being able to interpret this story, which has been such an integral part of his life and the celebration of his vacation, in such a comedic way is a delightful twist while keeping the heart of the story alive.
âIt keeps the heart and the beauty of the story without a doubt, everyone does this trip. But there is a lot of fun, silliness and humor and there are only five people overall. of distribution.
George Abud, Orville Mendoza, Cathryn Wake, and Jacque Wilke all play the other roles and they’re all wonderful actors. We make some fun references to San Diego and hopefully make the story even closer to the audience’s experience in that particular place. “
A family show, Buell hopes everyone who sees it takes away a message for fun, laughter, and that life can be better if we’re a little nicer.
âI hope the adults have fun and remember the story and laugh a lot because it’s just a big party. I hope the kids are involved in what’s going on with the show, and characters throughout it, and they’d know there was this horrible old man who learned to be nice and life was better. “
How to get tickets
The GRAND SHOW OF CHRISTMAS IN SAN DIEGO D’EBENEZER SCROOGE is played at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theater, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theater Center, in San Diego’s Balboa Park until December 26. You can find information on tickets and timetables at www.theoldglobe.org or by calling (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623).
All customers attending an event or show at the Globe will either need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination, or provide proof of negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours after entering the theater. . For all clients under the age of 12, whose age does not yet permit vaccination, we recommend taking a COVID-19 PCR test or antigen test (“rapid”) before attending the Globe for s ” ensure they are healthy and free from COVID-19. Masks are mandatory at all times indoors, regardless of test status or age. Further details are available here.
Photo credit: photo by Jim Cox.