Pash sees Scrooge in new light

Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble’s  A Christmas Carol cast members, front: Luke Pash (Scrooge), Finnley Willmott (Ghost of Christmas Past), Hamish White (Bob Cratchit) and Phoebe Meyer (Mrs Cratchit). Rear: Narrators Brenna Middlecoat, Georgia Clarke and Ava Rodrigues. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble’s A Christmas Carol cast members, front: Luke Pash (Scrooge), Finnley Willmott (Ghost of Christmas Past), Hamish White (Bob Cratchit) and Phoebe Meyer (Mrs Cratchit). Rear: Narrators Brenna Middlecoat, Georgia Clarke and Ava Rodrigues. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

PLAYING Ebeneezer Scrooge has helped Luke Pash feel empathy for the character.

The 15-year-old is playing the lead role in the Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble’s adaption of classic novel A Christmas Carol.

Pash said that while he was well-versed in the works of Charles Dickens, it wasn’t until undertaking the role of the miserly Scrooge that he really understood the character.

The story follows Scrooge through a chilling Christmas.

The ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley visits the usually cold-hearted man to warn him off living a life of greed. Over the next three nights, a further three spirits visit with a similar message.

‘‘I’ve learnt a completely different side to him from what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen – he’s just a man who’s had a bad past,’’ Pash said.

Production director Amanda Phillips said about 35 members of the company’s senior ensemble were performing in the play.

She labelled the story as an ‘‘emotional rollercoaster’’.

‘‘Our talented cast have worked extremely hard to create a rich and naturalistic delivery of this masterful text,’’ she said.

‘‘It has been a joy to bring Dickens’ world to life and share a story that speaks of love and generosity and the need for a deep and a connected sense of community.’’

ARTY FACTS

WHAT: The Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble presents A Christmas Carol.

WHEN: August 8 at 6pm, August 9 at 11am and 6pm.

WHERE: The Earl Arts Centre, Launceston.

HOW MUCH: Tickets $16, concession $12. Bookings through Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble on 0402 634 820.

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