A Christmas Carol

Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Scrooge

Kris L. Nelson, Sophie Jones, and Nathaniel Fuller in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Dan Norman.

BY: JACOB FROELICH & ERIKA SASSEVILLE

The Guthrie is at it again with their 43rd annual production of A Christmas Carol. Directed by Lauren Keating, this year’s Carol  is exactly what we expected and just what we needed all at the same time.The classic tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge (Nathaniel Fuller), Bob Cratchit (Kris L. Nelson) and ghosts past, present and future. are all accounted for in what has become a long standing Twin Cities theater tradition. The show is a heartfelt message about the importance of kindness and gratitude as well as a reminder to enjoy the time we get to spend with our loved ones, despite their quirks. A Christmas Carol is good like thanksgiving gravy: tried and true, predictable yet satisfying and just the thing needed to tie the whole plate together.

The cast, crew, and creative team do an excellent job constructing a world that looks and feels like Dickensian London. The ensemble does a wonderful job breathing life into A Christmas Carol’s many wonderful characters. From easy-going Fred (Ryan Colbert) to the original humbug himself, Jacob Marley (John Catron). The snowy, cold streets designed by Walt Spangler with lighting design by Christopher Akerlind and recreated by Ryan Connealy are able to reflect both the dreary coldness of Ebenezer Scrooge before his ghostly visitors as well as the sense of hope and Christmas spirit that he finds by the finale.

If you don’t already know the story, it’s a must see for young and old alike. If you do know the story and are debating whether or not to see it again, we don’t think you will be disappointed with this year’s rendition. You may even get a chance to see Charity Jones take on the role of Ebenezer. A Christmas Carol continues to deliver strong performances even in its 43rd year, for the two of us, it was just what the doctor ordered.

Performance Dates: November 14 – December 30, 2017 Performance Times: Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 7 p.m. Matinees on select weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and select Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Visit guthrietheater.org for the complete performance schedule. Location: Guthrie Theater – Wurtele Thrust Stage 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 Pricing: Single tickets start at $29 for adults; $14.50 for children. Preview performances start at $15. (Discounts for students and seniors available) Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online at guthrietheater.org Guthrie Box Office: 612.377.2224 or 877.44.STAGE Box Office hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-performance days) Group Sales: 612.225.6244 or 877.225.6211

ACCESS DATES ASL Performances Sun., Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. Thu., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Audio Described Performances Sun., Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Open Captioned Performances Sun., Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. If you have specific program questions or need an accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Office by phone at 612.225.6390 (voice) or 612.225.6391 (TTY) or email at accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

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