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December 1, 2023 at 4:30pm
December 2, 2023 at 2:00pm & 6:00pm

December 3, 2023 at 2:00pm

*Patrons of all ages, including newborns, are required to purchase a ticket

Adults: $15
Youth: $10 (18 & younger)
*Use discount code GROUP at checkout for 15% off groups of 5 or more!

By Catherine Bush

Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and is determined to avoid celebrating the season. But, he receives a visit from the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner. Marley warns Scrooge that the same fate awaits him unless he changes his miserly ways. With the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, Scrooge learns to open his heart to all those around him. A new adaptation with quick-changing actors and many of your favorite carols, this play will leave you glowing with the joy of the season.

Ages Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 8 and up

Run Time: 60 minutes (no intermission)



  • There are uses of the words “poor” and “idiot” as insults.

  • There are many references to God within the Christian faith, and the Christmas Holiday.

  • Scrooge says the phrase “See you in Hell.” He says that if poor people do not want to work, they should “die and decrease the population.” 

  • Belle calls Scrooge a “poor, poor, wretched man.”

  • Tiny Tim calls himself a “cripple.”

  • Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim will live, and it quotes Scrooge from earlier in the play by saying  “let him die, and decrease the surplus population.”

  • Mrs. Cratchit calls Scrooge “an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man.”

  • Scrooge says it would be “bad business” to lend money to people in need. 

  • The solicitors say that no one will attend Scrooge’s funeral.

  • Caroline and Will call Scrooge “the Devil.”


Situations and Themes

  • The main themes of A Christmas Carol are greed, regret, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, and togetherness. 

  • Death and poverty are mentioned heavily in this play.

  • Scrooge has many instances in which he is stingy with his money. For example: Bob goes to put coal on the fire, but Scrooge says “Coal is expensive. If you are cold, you have a candle with which to warm yourself.”

  • Belle and Scrooge get in an argument about Scrooge becoming obsessed with money.

  • The people the ghosts show Scrooge often say how sorry they are for Scrooge because of his greed and loneliness.

  • In the reality that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge, his grave is robbed.

  • In the reality that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge, Tiny Tim has died.


Potential Scary Moments

  • The clock striking may be loud.

  • A “beggar woman” approaches Scrooge and startles him. As well as a chorus of phantoms that have multiple appearances throughout the show.

  • The ghost of Marley enters with a chain around him and shrieks at Scrooge.

  • The Ghost of Christmas Present leaves Scrooge all alone by the docks, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears behind him.

  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge his own grave, and he panics.

  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears on stilts, in an all-black hooded costumes where you cannot see the actor's face.


Other Cautions/Advisories

  • Flashing lights and theatrical haze/fog will be used

  • There may be actors who deliver their lines loudly, scream, or make sudden movements on stage.

A Christmas Carol

imagination never gets old.
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