Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The stage of the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square glows with good spirits and time-honored tradition when Great Lakes Theater (GLT) presents its 30th anniversary production of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, running November 30 - December 23, 2018. The production has delighted more than 750,000 people in its history, making it one of northeast Ohio's most-loved and best-attended holiday events.

Great Lakes Theater's 30th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol is generously supported by the Cleveland Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation - one of the production's inaugural sponsors - and The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. The production media sponsor for the season's anniversary production is R43 Limited. Great Lakes Theater is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Additionally, the Great Lakes Theater 2018-19 Season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Media sponsors for GLT's 57th season are The FORM Group and ideastream (WCLV 104.9 FM, WCPN 90.3 FM & WVIZ)

Freedman's adaptation of A Christmas Carol is presented as a story within a story. The fictitious Cleaveland family gathers in its Victorian-era parlor on Christmas Eve to read Mr. Dickens' book. As Mrs. Cleaveland reads the story to her family, her youngest child, Master William, re-imagines familiar faces as characters in the story: the Cleaveland's crotchety manservant becomes Scrooge; Father becomes Bob Cratchit; Mother becomes Belle, and the Cleaveland children become the Cratchits, with Master William becoming the beloved Tiny Tim. In all, more than 60 Dickens characters are brought to life on stage.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of this northeast Ohio holiday tradition, an A Christmas Carol Family Reunion will convene during the Opening Night of this year's production on Friday, November 30 - celebrating any cast or crew members who may have been part of the production since its inception in 1989...

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