John G. Preston Takes the Reins in this Year’s “A Christmas Carol” -The Voice-Tribune

by on December 7, 2017

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The Voice-Tribune recently sat down with actor John G. Preston to learn more about him and discover what it’s like to step into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol.

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John G. Preston in Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol, 2017. Photo by Bill Brymer.

John G. Preston Takes the Reins in this Year’s “A Christmas Carol”

By Remy Sisk

Stepping into Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of understanding the meaning of Christmas is nothing new for John G. Preston. The actor is currently starring in Actors Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” as Scrooge, an opportunity that is the culmination of several years of hard work on versions of the show across multiple cities. In Louisville, he played the Narrator in the show in 2014 and 2015, but his history with the show begins long before then.

“I cut my teeth on it as a young man playing small roles and then playing Fred for a number of years,” Preston says of his involvement in “A Christmas Carol,” primarily at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where he was an actor for 15 years. “And then for a number of years, I played variations of narrators, and then I did other productions where I played narrators and that’s how I ended up in this production, eventually playing Scrooge. So I’ve basically grown up doing some version of this play since I was about 20.”

Taking on the role of Scrooge after having been involved in the show for so long has, of course, a touch of intimidation. However, Preston was not only up for the challenge but also exceptionally grateful and excited to be the next in line of a long tradition of extraordinary actors performing this iconic role. “It’s really wonderful because there is this long tradition,” he says.

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