A Christmas Carol 2022




General Information       
A Christmas Carol 2022


Wednesday  9th November 2022 - Saturday  12th November 2022
Evenings at 7.30pm
( not Saturday )

Matinee at 2.0pm Saturday


Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight



                Mike Ellis



  Musical Director


       Robert Bowness


 Music  Piers Chater-Robinson
 Book and lyrics  Chris Blackwood
   Adapted from the novel by  Charles Dickens

Cast Members                   A Christmas Carol 2022



Charles Dickens Michael Kennedy
Ebenezer Scrooge Carl Howard
Young Scrooge Nick Hawkswell
Fred ( Scrooge's nephew ) Nick Hawkswell
Belle ( young Scrooge's fiancee ) Kelly Seville
Jacob Marley Gerry Johnston
Young Marley Joe Thurlow
The Ghost of Christmas Past Debbie Simnor
The Ghost of Christmas Present John Phipps
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Gerry Johnston
Mr Fezziwig Keith Phillips
Mrs Fezziwig Kathy Jordan
Mrs Dilber ( Scrooge's housekeeper ) Tia Gill
Mrs Filch ( Scrooge's laundress) Wendy Newton
Old Joe Keith Phillips
Sally Billiken Carmel Harrison
Bob Cratchit Dave Don
Mrs Emily Cratchit Helen Roberts
Martha Cratchit Gabriella Kirby
Tiny Tim - Wednesday & Friday Daisy Vernon
Tiny Tim - Thursday & Saturday Daniel Ashton
Peter Cratchit- Wednesday & Friday Noah Garfitt
Peter Cratchit- Thursday & Saturday Jacob Reynolds
Belinda Cratchit- Wednesday & Friday Maggie Durston
Belinda Cratchit- Thursday & Saturday Sophie Jenkins
Poulterer Fran Allen
Lamplighter Amy Duggan
Caroline ( Benevolent Society worker ) Lucy Hawarden
Beth ( Fred's wife ) Sophie Cottrell
Alice ( Beth's friend ) Barbara Richards
Fan ( Scrooge's sister ) Jemma Durston
Ghostly Businessman - Jeremiah Amy Duggan
Ghostly Businessman - Edgar John Wynne (Mike Ellis)
Businessman - Tom Colin Hill
Businessman - Dick Derek Thomson
Businessman - Harry Malcolm Large
Turkey Girl Ruby Thomas
Carol Singers Fiona Philpott
Katriina Youde
All other roles played by  
Rachel Glynn-Williams Joanne Poston
Sue Rannard Steve Meadows
Nikki Simmons Jean Taylor
Beki Jenkins Hannah Waywell
Children's Ensemble  
Amelia Poston Isabelle Don
Joshua Reynolds Jack Durston




A Christmas Carol 2022

Stage Manager

 Richie Lee

Assistant Stage Manager



 Barbara Priest
 Jan Bradshaw


 Carol Garland

Lighting Design & Operation  Clinton Ball
Sound  Dave Molley
 Mike Haxby
Stage Crew  Geoff Simmons
Microphone Dresser  Kerry Lee
Rehearsal Pianists  Victoria Wells
 Sally Bibby


Publicity and Programme Design

 Nick Sample
Front of House Manager  Caitlin Edwards
Keyboards  Andrew Barney
Flute/Reeds  Sarah Williams
Horn  Rob Watson
Violin  Hannah Barnard
Cello  Saul Danson
Double Bass  Richard Clark


 Neil Middleton

  Programme                        A Christmas Carol 2022

Photographs                         A Christmas Carol 2022




Scrooge enters

Scrooge's Office

Buying a goose and a pudding

Marley and the ghosts appear

The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Fezziwigs Party

The Ghost of Christmas Present - 'Drink it in'



'Do as the Cratchits do' and 'God Bless'

Fred's party, the Businessmen, Tiny Tim's Grave & 'Turn back the clock'

'Just Deserts' and 'The Man is Mad'

Scrooge is a changed man

Final Bows


Promotional / Press Coverage / Reviews                 A Christmas Carol 2022

 Promotional Leaflets


WKMTC - 12/11/22 -  ‘A Christmas Carol’ it must be Christmas!  
During the last twelve years of his life Charles Dickens toured Britain and the USA reading his writings professionally to his adoring public. The most popular of all these readings was ‘A Christmas Carol’.
It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who hates Christmas, but is transformed into a caring, kindly person through the visitations of four ghosts (Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future).  The classic work has been dramatized and adapted countless times for virtually every medium and performance genre, tonight at the Gladstone Theatre WKMTC present the musical adaptation from Chris Blackwood with lyrics from Piers Chater- Robinson, keeping true to the original story with the introduction of new memorable musical theatre songs. This was a production I admit I had not seen before.
The evening opens with Charles Dickens (Michael Kennedy) introducing us to the character Ebenezer Scrooge, as our narrator his story telling threaded through the show. Michael is also to be found playing other characters within the extremely talented ensemble. A fine performance
Scrooge (Carl Howard) is an irascible miserly character constantly complaining, and disliking Christmas.  Carl gave a fine performance; he was both sensitive and funny, but still capturing the grumpiness of this well-known character.  Young Scrooge (Nick Hawkswell, who also played nephew Fred) is simply charming, his duet with Carl ‘Remember’ was beautifully sung, wonderful voices a highlight of the show for me.
The ghost of Jacob Marley (Gerry Johnston) appears to warn Scrooge he will be visited by three ghosts, past, present and future. Gerry did a spookily great job of Marley, but even more intimidating as the Ghost of Christmas yet to come.  Well done.
The Ghost of Christmas Past is a sparkling fairy (Debbie Simnor) who sang ‘Shine the Light’ which she did beautifully.  John Phipps gave us a heartily strong Ghost of Christmas Present.  Just an observation, Scrooge’s visits with the Ghosts could have been more animated, maybe stepping into each scene, he was static stage left for quite some time.  Carl’s microphone on the Saturday matinee was crackling, obviously a malfunction, he did well to continue.
The Director Mike Ellis has to be complimented. Casting was spot on, WKMTC is such a  talented society. The folding panto type set was ambitious, however did look a little cumbersome at times. Praise has to go to the wardrobe, it was magnificent. Such colour variety and so imaginative, well done to the wardrobe team: Carol Garland, Joan Reynolds-Jones and Sheila Disley.
The Fezziwig’s party: what splendid performances, Keith Phillips and Kathy Jordan are outstanding, as the fun loving couple. Once again the costumes reigned supreme, Mr Fezziwig’s bright red hair was genius.   Mr Fezziwig was Scrooge and  young Jacob Marley (Joe Thurlow)  first employer.  Scrooge’s first love Belle (Kelly Seville) gave a touching rendition of ‘Heart of Gold’.  A lively ensemble scene, the stage full but never looked over crowded, well managed choreography.

You cannot have a Scrooge without a Bob Cratchit (Dave Don) his wife Emily (Helen Roberts) and his family. They were superb as the hard working couple looking after a family: their duet ‘Do as the Cratchit’s Do’ was an absolute joy. The children, Martha (Gabriella Kirby) Belinda (Sophie Jenkins) Peter (Jacob Reynolds) and of course, Tiny Tim (Daniel Ashton) who was adorable, melting all our hearts. Daniel had confidence, talent and definitely one to watch’ for WKMTC future I think.  Joined by the other children of the company they sang ‘God Bless’ before going to bed, not a dry eye in the house. We all fell in love with the Cratchits.
Praise for Musical Director Rob Bowness and his extremely talented orchestra. His arrangement and musical direction was both imaginative and faultless together with good sound and lighting (Dave Molley, Mike Haxby & Clinton Ball) enhancing  this imaginative production.  Congratulations, to all concerned.
Well what can be said of Scrooge’s housekeeper Mrs Dilber (Tia Gill) and Scrooge’s laundress Mrs Filch (Wendy Newton)? -  pure pantomime. They were sublime, facial expressions, over the top costumes; it is a perfectly timed comic performance, they stole the show. Joined by Old Joe the multitalented Keith Phillips (again) I loved ‘Just Desserts’ a true showstopper, brilliant. Congratulations Tia & Wendy.
The cast had an absolute ball performing this show,  and I can honestly say that it is the perfect musical for an amateur group catering for men, women, children...as well as giving parts to the less musically accomplished.
This was a perfect show choice for WKMTC the whole cast (too many to mention) gave their all.
Thank you for a wonderful entertaining evening, I loved the show.
Joanne Rymer NODA District 4

Officials                         A Christmas Carol 2022


Michael Kennedy

Vice- Presidents

Barbara Adams
Ray Davies
Margaret Groome

Executive Committee



John Phipps


Fiona Philpott

Hon Secretary

Mike Ellis

Hon Treasurer

Wendy Chapman
Hon Asst Secretary  Gerry Johnston
   Life Members


 Barbara Adams  Ray Davies
 Carolyn Garland  Margaret Jones
 Michael Kennedy  Jean Taylor
  Sue Jarvis  Bob Jarvis
  Debbie Clark  
   Social Committee  
 Chairman  Jean Taylor
 Committee Members  
 Barbara Priest  Fran Allen