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Great Lakes Theater's A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Presented by Great Lakes Theater

Written by: Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by: Gerald Freedman 

Open your heart to Charles Dickens’ classic tale of one man’s ultimate redemption.  A Christmas Carol is a perfect gift of theater for children and adults of all ages. Celebrate the season with the ones you love. 

Gerald Freedman reflects on his role as adapter and director of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol:

"Our production takes place in a middle-class London home. It is Christmas Eve, 1864, Twenty years after Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. As the Cleaveland family sits down to the traditional reading of the story, the youngest child, a boy, begins to imagine the story that is being told to him. We see the play from his point of view. 

Dickens called the story a Ghost Story, and we have tried to remain true to this description, while at the same time creating an entertaining piece of theater.

Scrooge is a young man born into poverty who grows up distorted into thinking money is everything. He rejects his spiritual side and his heart becomes small and cold. Through the course of the story, he learns that he can change. The Spirits show him how loving people were in the past, how needy they are in the present, and that the results of his current pattern of behavior are to die alone without family, friends or love."

"I think Dickens is essentially saying it is never too later to change -- not only yourself, but the world. One good deed, if allowed to, can and will spread through the world. The obstacles to the growth of a giving spirit are Ignorance and Want. As the poet Santanyana said, "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it." It is this ignorance of the past and present which holds our downfall. Likewise, want of proper food and housing beget people who can't function properly.

In A Christmas Carol, Dickens decries materialism in favor of generosity and social responsibility. The enduring popularity of the story is grounded in his faith in the idea of change. Dickens portrays the obstacle to change as the paralyzing fear of giving up something and being somehow diminished in the process.

In the end, Scrooge risks squandering his money to provide for the welfare of others, and risks opening his heart and giving of his love, which makes him vulnerable to hurt, but which paves the way for his redemption." 

SHOW DETAILS 

Performances: November 26 - December 23, 2016.

Tickets: $28-75. Click here to purchase tickets

Location: Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square Center

Run Time: 1 Hour and 45 minutes (including intermission)