Charles Dickens’ old Christmas food miser is back in a fast and comedic new take on “A Christmas Carol,” presented by The Pocket Community Theater, which opened on Friday.

“It’s a little different than a traditional ‘Christmas carol’, because it’s funny,” said James Kendall, former chairman of the Hot Springs Pocket Community Theater board and director of the play.

This version of the play was written by Broadway writer Patrick Barlow, and “there are a lot of funny parts. … But then again, there are a lot of poignant moments,” said Kevin Day, who plays Ebenezer. Scrooge.

“I think Barlow did a really good job looking back at these bits of Scrooge’s life,” Day said. “And that explains how he came to be who he is, and I think that does a good job on that.”

It’s the “hook at the end when the transformation comes,” he said, that gives this version of the play its authenticity.

“Again, it’s well written and the comedy doesn’t take anything away from the seriousness of the story,” Day said. “But there’s even … there’s a cool little twist too. So it’s a great script. And a lot of fun.”

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The Barlow adaptation brings Dickens’ characters to life using just five actors to play multiple roles. Tami Kendall, president of the theater, plays five different roles herself.

“It’s fast… very, really fast,” said Tami Kendall. “Like we have to tell ourselves to slow down because we’re so used to running and saying our lines and then running and starting over and changing actions and changing costumes.”

The actors were challenged on this production to “make each character a different individual,” said James Kendall, which they accomplish using “a different accent, a different posture, a different stage presence.”

The show takes place today, December 10 and 11, starting at 7 p.m. with morning performances on Sunday and December 12, starting at 2:30 p.m.

A special event will take place on December 12 “the very last performance of the race,” said James Kendall. “Dorothy Morris is going to be the host of ‘The Day of Giving.’ And she will match the donations for the Pocket Theater, up to $ 5,000.

“So we’re going to have, you know, just kind of a pre-show party. Yeah. So it’s going to be a fundraising-slash night. We’re going to open the doors a little earlier to let people come. Dorothy will be there. And so it will be a very good time, ”he said.

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Left to right are Kevin Day, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge, Tami Kendall, who plays several different roles, and James Kendall, production manager of “A Christmas Carol” at the Pocket Theater. – Photo by Tyler Wann of The Sentinel-Record