Drury Lane Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Now Run Through 12/23

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a cherished tradition that has become Chicago's definitive family holiday production, will be presented from November 20 through December 23, 2014 at Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults, 100 Drury Lane. The joyful Charles Dickens classic, which has played for more than 25 years on the Drury Lane stage, is directed by Scott Calcagno (A Christmas Carol and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Drury Lane Theatre, Legally Blonde at The Civic Theatre, and Grease at The Long Lake Theatre). Over 30 colorful Dickensian characters are brought to life on stage in this uplifting tale of hope and redemption. Complete with falling snow, magical illusions and special effects, the play is a visually-stunning experience, and at one hour long, perfect for children of all ages. On select performance dates, families will have the opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus in Drury Lane's elegantly decorated dining room. The buffet-style menu will include festive winter specialties and kid-friendly items.

Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.

The cast of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is led by Jeff Award-Winner Bradley Armacost as "Scrooge" (Chicago Boys at the Goodman Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre and Provision Theater Company); Cameron Conforti (A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theater) and Logan Neuschaefer alternating as "Tiny Tim;" Rob Riddle (The Game's Afoot and LES MISERABLES at Drury Lane Theatre) as "Fred" and "Young Scrooge;" Derek Hasenstab (The Game's Afoot at Drury Lane Theatre, Broadway National Tour of The Lion King) as "Marley," "Topper," and "Old Joe;" and Megan Long as "Belle" and "Abby." Also featured are McKinley Carter as "Mrs. Cratchit" and "Ghost of Christmas Past;" Andrew Weir as "Bob Cratchit;" Rebecca Finnegan as "Mrs. Fezziwig and "Cleaning Lady;" Karl Hamilton as "Mr. Fezziwig" and "Ghost of Christmas Present;" Michael McDonald as "Peter," "Dick," "Ghost of Christmas Future," and "Turkey Boy;" Amy Orman as "Martha" and "Emily;" Jake Mahler as "Charity Man" and "Undertaker;" Tina Maloney as "Charity Woman" and "Laundress;" and Ashlee Edgemon as "Fan" and "Belinda."

The artistic team for A CHRISTMAS CAROL includes Ann McMann as Music Coordinator, Robyn Robbins as Choreographer, Maggie Hofmann as Costume Designer, Rick Jarvie as Wig Designer, and Nick Heggestad as Properties Manager.

A Breakfast with Santa featuring seasonal specialties is offered on Saturdays, including November 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20 at 11:30 a.m. with the performance at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. The Breakfast Buffet package price for adults is $30.00 and $25.00 for children 12 and under. A special Dinner Buffet with Santa is available on Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. with the performance at 7:00 p.m. The Dinner Buffet package price for adults is $40.00 and $30.00 for children 12 and under.

Regular performances are at 10:00 a.m. Some performances on Fridays are at 12:00 p.m. Saturdays include performances at both 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call the box office for specific details. Performances will take place Wednesday through Saturday from November 20 through December 6 (excludes November 26 and 27) and Monday through Saturday from December 8 through December 23. Performance only tickets are available for $15 and a group rate of $12 per person is available for parties of 20 or more. For reservations, call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylane.com.



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