Fred is Scrooge's nephew, the son of his beloved late sister Fan. Fred wants nothing more from Scrooge than a friendship, and sees Scrooge as a connection to his mother. Despite Scrooge's eagerness to avoid contact, Fred is convinced he can turn him around.
What were some of the challenges for you in working on this piece?
I think the biggest challenge with playing Fred is remaining cheery when Face-to-Face with Scrooge himself. It requires a lot of self-control to remain positive.
What do you hope audiences will take away from the play?
I hope audiences will take away a sense of community and goodwill towards each other. Fred has a line early on in the show, saying that Christmas is a time that "men and women open their shut-up hearts freely, and think of other people as if they really are fellow passengers to the grave, and not some other race of creatures bound on other journeys". I want audiences to carry that idea around, not just for the Christmas season, but all year.