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Christmas in the City: Trinity Rep's A Christmas Carol

See this Rhody tradition come to life in Providence.

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People love a good redemption story, and A Christmas Carol is no exception. While it would be easier to keep things the same from season to season, Trinity Rep re-imagines Dickens’ classic play each year so that no two productions are alike. Grab the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in your life and treat him to a night of theatre magic: We bet even he will have a hard time finding something to complain about.

Did you know?

  • At Trinity’s Chace Theater, no seat is more than 50 feet from the stage.
  • Plans for A Christmas Carol starts in the spring, months before the first rehearsal ever takes place.
  • Designers were brought on over the summer and worked with the director to conceive of the vision for this year’s unique production. 
  • Most of the theatre’s acting talent comes from the company of Trinity actors or the Brown University/Trinity MFA acting program. 
  • 115 kids auditioned at Cardi’s Furniture in September for the six positions in the children’s cast.
  • According to Director James Dean Palmer, when you’ve done A Christmas Carol for 40 years, it can be challenging to solve the play’s big problems in new ways: “You always think, we’ll be the first A Christmas Carol to do something, and someone will say, ‘Oh, we did that in ‘85.’”


What’s on deck for 2016?
Brian McEleney will be playing Ebenezer Scrooge for the fifth time.

$25-$100. Now through December 31. Chace Theater, 201 Washington Street. 351-4242, TrinityRep.com

Other Productions of A Christmas Carol:

Stadium Theatre: This theatre employs a theatrical flying service and uses a 1926 Wurlitzer organ in each of its performances. December 2-11. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. 762-4545, StadiumTheatre.com

Artists’ Exchange: If you’re feeling festive, opt to attend a pre-show Holiday Gala at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet prior to the show’s final performance on December 17. December 8-11 at Theatre 82, 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston. 490-9475, Artists-Exchange.org; December 15-17 at Park Theatre, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. 467-7275, ParkTheatreRI.com

Granite Theatre: Take a drive to South County to check out this production, which is a completely original musical rendition of this holiday classic. December 1-23. 1 Granite Street, Westerly. 596-2341, GraniteTheatre.com