A CHRISTMAS CAROL, on stage now through December 23, 2016.
Catch the holiday spirit at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, where a delightful and original adaptation of A Christmas Carol highlights Baltimore’s history.
Opening on Friday, December 2, this best-selling version of the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim is spiced with familiar local place names, joyous carols, and dazzling special effects.
Performances are scheduled through December 23, 2016. Reservations are strongly recommended, as the performances closest to Christmas tend to sell out.
A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare closely follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ novella: Scrooge awakens to visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. They spirit the lonely miser away from his bedroom to help him thaw his frozen heart and learn the importance of generosity. That bedroom is in Baltimore, bringing the message home in this heartwarming adaptation by Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar.
“It’s a treat to hear the references to local street names, neighborhoods, architecture, and even seafood.”
— MD Theatre Guide
This isn’t a “hon” Christmas, however. It’s as Victorian as the original. Scrooge & Marley’s counting house has the address of the 1885 Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Company building in Baltimore’s old financial district. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company converted this bank building into a gorgeous theatre for the classics in 2014.
“We placed the story in the Baltimore business district of the 19th Century in honor of this magnificent building housing our theater, and this amazing city in which we perform,” says Gallanar. Throughout the story are references to familiar neighborhoods, watermen, and the diverse population of the early port city.
“Go see this timeless classic with a Charm City twist. Kids of all ages will love it.” — DC Metro Theater Arts
Gregory Burgess, a Resident Company Member known for his great warmth, returns for his third season portraying the irascible and ultimately redeemable Scrooge. Associate Artistic Director Scott Alan Small directs a professional cast of local artists, including Chesapeake Shakespeare company members and 11 child actors from area schools. Costumes by Kristina Lambdin and a rowhouse-inspired set by Daniel O’Brien add to the production’s charm.
Several special events are scheduled, including Downtown Neighbors Night with a pre-show meet-up sponsored by City Center Neighbors Association on December 3; and Baltimore’s Child Magazine Cookie Party with crafts and carols at the matinee on December 11. Taking a lesson from Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will be supporting the local nonprofit Casey Cares Foundation, which uplifts the spirits of children with chronic and terminal illnesses.
Also, when you arrive to see A Christmas Carol, don’t miss the theatre’s new exhibit exploring the past, present, and future of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s historic corner of downtown. Funded by the Baltimore National Heritage Area, the display on the theatre’s first mezzanine includes photos of the former bank’s “counting room” and Scrooge’s counting house.
“Bring the family, sit back, and enjoy.”
A Christmas Carol runs December 2 through December 23, 2016, at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 South Calvert Street (at Redwood Street), Baltimore, MD 21202.
Tickets: $25 – $65 for adults, $25 – $59 for seniors, and $19 – $33 for children.
Two preview performances are scheduled: November 30 and December 1.
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more: Call the Box Office for details.
Buy tickets now: click here.
Box Office: 410.244.8570 Open Tuesdays-Fridays, 11am-3pm. The Box Office opens 45 minutes before each performance.
PHOTOS BY TERESA CASTRACANE