He was born in 1812 and sent to school at the age of nine. However, his father and (I think) the family was imprisoned for debt while Charles was sent to work in Warren’s blacking factory. A few years later he was able to return to school. He began is writing career as a journalist from which fame would soon follow. Dickens is known for many wonderful stories such as Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, along with others that first appeared as monthly installments in various papers and magazines publish from 1836 to 1861. I sometimes wonder what he would think of his books still being so popular this day in age, and that in some schools they are even required reading.
There could be arguments made as to which is the most popular of Dickens’ work, but at this time of year none seem as famous as A Christmas Carol. There are a number of movie versions but these are probably the more popular ones:
Scrooge (1970) with Albert Finney
A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott
Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray
A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart
But, we can’t stop there, other famous characters have also embraced Dickens:
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
The Jetsons Christmas Carol (1985)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)
I’ve also seen various renditions of this classic on different family networks, one being my favorite channel this time of year—Hallmark! (yes, I love the sappy Christmas movies and have this channel on practically 24/7) . Some have even put a female in the roll of Scrooge, and others are a modern take.
But right now, one if my favorites is A Christmas Carol: The Musical staring Kelsey Grammer. The story is the same, but it has some great music. This is probably my favorite from the show:
This month one of the theatres I volunteer at is performing A Christmas Carol: The Musical. It opens on December 7th and I love seeing everything come together. Often I find myself sitting and watching when I should be working, constantly in awe of our local talent. I wish I could show you the little girl who sings this song in our production. It moves me every time. For this production I also happen to be in charge of hair and makeup. I love working on historical pieces and this one has been especially fun because I get to be creative for all those ghosts who show up with Marley and the Spirits from Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Which is your favorite version of A Christmas Carol and why do you think this story remains so popular? If you are not a fan of A Christmas Carol what is your favorite Dickens story?
a/k/a Amy De Trempe