Great Lakes Theater’s “A Christmas Carol”

Celebrate the holidays with A Christmas Carol! Great Lakes Theater’s 23rd annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale opened Friday, December 2. Staged by GLT’s very own Sara Bruner, this holiday tradition will run through December 23 in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.

The timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge has been told numerous times from various film adaptations to a host of other media. By now, we all know the story, but its magic continues to enchant every holiday season. Great Lakes Theater’s version opens on Christmas Eve 1864. The Cleaveland Family is celebrating the season, and Mother is reading A Christmas Carol to the children. The story then comes to life on stage as we are “transported” to Victorian London where we, too, will learn the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold, nasty, bitter, old man. He has little happiness in his life, and his only true love is money. On a Christmas Eve long ago, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts. The first is his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of the other three: The ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. These three ghosts help Scrooge to see his life, and the lives of others, in a new and very different way, and in doing so, he learns the true spirit of the Christmas season.

For nearly 50 years, Great Lakes Theater has been presenting classic theatre of the highest standard in the Greater Cleveland Area. And A Christmas Carol continues to be a favorite production. The story is a true classic, the acting is stellar, the special effects are spectacular, and the sets and costumes take us back in time to Victorian London. A Christmas Carol is a “can’t miss” show.

For more information about Great Lakes Theater, A Christmas Carol, or GLT’s exciting 2011-2012 50th Anniversary Season, visit – Christopher S. Musselman

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