Vagabond Players offer up madcap Christmas comedy

There’s nothing like a little theatrical mayhem to get the Christmas season off to a good start.

The Vagabond Players are back to the stage with Inspecting Carol, described as a “hilarious madcap comedy” and running Dec. 2 to 19 at the Bernie Legge Theatre.

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Daniel J. Sullivan’s comedy takes the audience behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s slapdash production of A Christmas Carol.

“Inspecting Carol tells what happens when an aspiring actor of somewhat questionable talent arrives to audition and is mistaken for the inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts,” a synopsis explains. “Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor, hs is given a role, and the accident-filled, error-laden production that follows will leave audiences rolling in the aisles.”

Directed by Miles Lavkulich, the Vagabond Players production stars Michelle Berg as Zorah Bloch, the founding director of the Soapbox Playhouse, with the quintet of Richard Wiens, Sheldon Landry, Denise Brookson, Diane Tzingounakis and Deborah Merrick as the founding members of the society.

Corrine Out is on stage as Karen Emery, the beleaguered managing director, with Jeremy Heynen as Wayne Wellacre, the aspiring actor with no training and even less talent.

Faith Hurd takes the role of Betty Andrews, the real inspector for the National Endowment for the Arts, and the cast is rounded out by James Hughes, Wynn Siu and Veronica Berg.

The show runs Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 regular, or $13 for students and seniors, with $10 previews on Dec. 2, 3 and 4.

The Bernie Legge Theatre is in Queen’s Park. Call 604-521-0412 or email to buy tickets.

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