Earlier this week, Theatre Calgary announced it’s new 2011-2012 season including:The Tosca Cafe, To Kill A Mockingbird, Christmas Carol,Â Enron, Shirley Valentine and Cats!
The line-up the sounds pretty stellar and for Calgary’s most popular theatre company, I’m sure it will be a banner year.Â If my tone sounds a little blah, it’s because I’m kinda annoyed.
Stephen Hair. Now I can already feel the hatred of Calgary hovering over this blog but truthfully, I’m jealous. Hair has been playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for a total of 18 seasons and for some reason IÂ keep missing the audition announcement.Â The theatre company says the “all new production” will be “bigger than ever!” So you tell me, what could be bigger than hiring a 28 year old to play at 79 year old man.Â Let’s be honest, I have the hairline of 98 year old.Â It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch.
As further evidence, Christmas Carol has always been a part of me.Â When I was eight years old, I played Tiny Tim next to the legendary Douglas Campbell.Â See.Â Look how cute we were:I’m not saying that I want to take the role of Stephen Hair.Â If I know anything about this city, I know thatÂ Calgary will always try to resist change at whatever cost, so I’m certainly not going to be the one to take the job from a the talented actor, I just think it would be nice to know that I can at least try.
I’ve been waiting my whole life to play Ebenezer Scrooge.Â I guess I can wait a few more years.