By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)
WINNIPEG — I am a Christmas connoisseur. I’m Ralphie’s dad trying to steal a taste of the undercooked turkey, except with all aspects of Christmas. The music, the movies, the food, the company, even, occasionally, the weather. All this to say, I knew I was going to like Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s “A Christmas Carol” before I even walked in.
The pitch is simple enough: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage. You know the story of how the frozen-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, once visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, changes his perspective once he sees what really matters in life. This production is still a period piece, and is by no means particularly groundbreaking, but what really called to me was the expertise swarming this production.