Starting Dec. 13, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village’s holiday tradition returns to downtown Woodstock with the opening night of “A Christmas Carol,” the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic.
When visited by the ghost of former business partner Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge explores his past, present, and future and learns the true spirit of the season, with the help of three ghosts along the way.
“When people think theatre in December, most people think of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” says Director/Choreographer and Elm Street’s Associate Artistic Director Siobhan Brumbelow. “This show has been a holiday tradition in downtown Woodstock for many years and we look forward to the magic and spirit this tradition brings to our organization and our community every Christmas season!”
This is the third year that Elm Street will be presenting the Broadway version of “A Christmas Carol,” with music by Alan Menken of Disney fame (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Broadway veteran Lynn Ahrens (“Schoolhouse Rock,” “Seussical,” “Ragtime”).
Audiences may recognize some of the actors from 2018’s production. “This year, we have some familiar faces returning to the stage from last year — Darrell Meek as Ebenezer Scrooge, Justin Spainhour-Roth as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Lauren Buruga as the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Be, and Stephen Spainhour-Roth as Jacob Marley,” Brumbelow says. “We have talented newcomers joining us as well as former cast members playing different roles this year. What makes this production so special is the family that is created throughout the production. Just like how Scrooge realizes how important the lives around him are, everyone involved in the show is needed to portray this story.”
The show runs for two weeks from Dec. 13 through Dec. 24 and is perfect for families and audiences of all ages to ring in the joy of the holiday season, Elm Street officials said. “A Christmas Carol” is rated PG for elements that may be frightening to young children and brief language.
The complete performance schedule is as follows:
♦ Dec. 13, 14 — 7:30 p.m.
♦ Dec. 15 — 2:30 p.m.
♦ Dec. 20, 21 — 7:30 p.m.
♦ Saturday Dec. 21 — 2:30 p.m. Sensory-Friendly Performance for those with sensory sensitivities such as autism
♦ Sunday Dec. 22 — 2:30 p.m. ASL-interpreters will be at this performance for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
♦ Monday Dec. 23 — 2:30 p.m.
♦ Tuesday Dec. 24 — 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at www.elmstreetarts.org.
For more information, call 678-494-4251.