David Lee-Painter has an intimate knowledge of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. He’s played Scrooge in three different productions over the decades and for the second consecutive year directs the play for University of Idaho Theatre Arts and Idaho Repertory Theatre.
A self-described “terminally naïve optimist”, Lee-Painter is a theatre professor at UI, and continues to be moved by the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.
“His journey from death to life – from hard-hearted to open – from scarcity to abundance – moves me every single time I read it or see it,” Lee-Painter said.
Filled with music, heart and spirit and with a cast and crew of about 50, Lee-Painter’s production will capture the magic and menace of Dickens’ story in spectacular form — from the irascible Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Daniel Haley, and the ever joyful Tiny Tim, played by 5-year-old newcomer Isaak Crout, to larger-than-life puppets created by props master Michael Brandt and UI theatre professor Stephanie Miller.