FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Actor Karl Wells has performed adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, for decades – for live audiences, on radio, television, and on a best selling CD. In December 2021, Karl Wells A Christmas Carol, a one hour film will debut on Rogerstv stations in Newfoundland and Labrador, in Central and Eastern Canada and online. This fulfils a long held dream of Karl Wells to make a film of A Christmas Carol at the magnificent 19th Century St. John’s historic site, The Commissariat, 11 Kings Bridge Rd. The one-man performance features Wells in over twenty separate roles.
“Being so familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the first time I laid eyes on The Commissariat I realized it would be a perfect setting for A Christmas Carol,” said Wells. “Every room is literally a tailor-made set for every scene in the story: from Scrooge’s counting house to Mrs. Cratchit’s kitchen, to Scrooge’s bed chamber et cetera.”
Lynda Keefe, supervisor of The Commissariat agreed, adding, “We always do a popular holiday event here called Christmas at The Commissariat but, unfortunately, because of the pandemic we’re not able to do it this year. So, making this film at The Commissariat comes at a perfect time and gives us a welcome if unexpected opportunity to show off this wonderful building.”
Scott W. Andrews, Manager of Historic Sites NL, agreed and made sure that during the two days of shooting the Rogerstv crew led by producer, Perry Cooper, received every assistance. “It was our pleasure to partner for this production and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it!” said Andrews.