Starting Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Elm Street Cultural Arts Village’s holiday tradition returns to Downtown Woodstock with the opening night of “A Christmas Carol,” which will be presented as an open air concert experience on the Elm Street Event Green, 111 Elm St.

Elm Street’s musical rendition of Charles Dicken’s classic tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who, when visited by the ghost of former business partner Jacob Marley, begins to explore his past, present, and future, and learns the true spirit of the season with the help of three ghosts along the way.

Elm Street officials said Education Director Siobhan Brumbelow has been coordinating the production to adapt it for the outdoor stage on the Elm Street Event Green.

“For 17 years now, Elm Street has produced “A Christmas Carol” every holiday season, growing this story through many generations, from young to old,” he said. “Needless to say, A Christmas Carol has become a part of the Elm Street DNA. Everyone has something they can relate to from this story, and we want to highlight his community on stage so as to reflect upon our community.”

A Christmas Carol will be presented similar to Elm Street’s Lantern Series concerts, with a variety of seating options from individual chairs to tables that can seat up to six or eight.

“This has become quite a holiday tradition for so many in the community,” Executive Director Christopher Brazelton said. “We are thrilled to be able to keep such a cherished moment despite an unprecedented year. Our hope is that while the show might feel different as it is outside, the important traditions like spending time with friends and family, a shared conversation with close ones, and finding the holiday spirit through A Christmas Carol will still happen for our community.”

The musical runs for six performances from Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 24 at 2:30 p.m. (no Monday performance), and is suitable for families and audiences of all ages. A Christmas Carol is recommended for ages five and up because of some scary moments as well as brief and mild language. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks (no outside alcohol) and decorate their tables. Reformation beer and a variety of wines as well as hard ciders will be available for purchase.

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is closely monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks as well as spikes and is working diligently to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are met for the health, safety, and comfort of audience members, volunteers, and the artists. Elm Street’s full guidelines can be found at www.elmstreetarts.org/before-you-go.

Tickets are on sale now at www.elmstreetarts.org. All sales are final and the performance is rain or shine. Tables and seats are available at varying levels.

For more information, call 678-494-4251.

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