Tim Jansen is currently playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge at the Wolf Pack Theatre Company. Tim is the Executive Director of Community Crisis Services Inc. Tim is very passionate about the production as proceeds benefit CCSI’s Warm Nights Hypothermia/Hyperthermia Shelter Program run by his agency.
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How is William Dean Leary’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” different from other productions?
William Leary’s adaptation has been modernized to address issues of today. The Cratchitt’s have lost their home due to the medical expenses of Young Tim – they are staying in a church-based homeless shelter. Ebenezer Scrooge works more as a corporate raider – buying companies and selling off assets to raise profits. Bill gets very creative with the ghosts of Christmas Past and Present – that is Past is Scrooge’s mother and Present is Scrooge’s father which adds depth to the ghosts and to the relationships between the ghosts and Ebenezer.
You have played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge before. What is the most challenging part about playing this iconic role?
The most challenging part of playing Scrooge is the emotional roller coaster required to get the audience to buy in – he has to be cranky and mean and honestly reform for the audience to embrace him. Having the ghosts be his parents adds to the emotional ride for Scrooge.
Please talk about one of your favorite scenes in the play.
I enjoy all the scenes in the show but I think my favorite scenes are the ones with Jacob Marley. The beginning of Scrooge’s transformation is embedded in his relationship with Jacob – I get to play some humor, some fear, some tenderness, etc.
When not performing on stage, what are some of your hobbies or interests?
I love sports – NFL, NASCAR, Tennis; I love to renovate old houses, love to go to flea markets and antique shops and to travel all over the world.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Wow – great question – with a magic wand someone could give me a better singing voice and I could play William Shakespeare in “Something Rotten.”