In 2002, I was commissioned by the Foothills Theatre in Worcester to adapt this Dickens classic. Since it had been adapted 6,729 times previously, I thought it would be a good idea to try a few new things, all the while maintaining Dickens' intent, style and untouchable (sort of) story. So, basically, what this adaptation provides theatre companies is an opportunity to stage the show with a little bit more humor than is usually the case, plus, it cheats on the Dickens storyline just a tad by bringing Scrooge and Belle together again at the very last moment of the play. When staged accompanied by a full cast singing a sweet Christmas Carol, the moment works splendidly.
In any case, here is yet another adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, for those interested in a touch of romance at the end. (And in a major comic spin on The Ghost of Christmas Past, in the form of the delightful "Matilda.")
"Foothills Theatre has trimmed all the extraneous largesse out of this year’s edition of 'A Christmas Carol,' resulting in a fleet 90-minute-plus production that still retains the essence of Dickens’ redemptive tale. One of the chief virtues of director Jack Neary’s interpretation of Dicken’s story is the connection he makes between Scrooge being unfairly blamed by his father for giving his mother the “chill” and causing her death, and Scrooge’s irrational resentment toward his nephew Fred for being born at the expense of his sister Fan’s life. It not only allows us to understand why Scrooge has become the hardened man he is, but enlivens and deepens his positive transformation. Jack Neary has fashioned a charmer once again." Worcester Telegram