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Westport Country Playhouse Presents A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Part ghost story, part celebration, “A Merry Little Christmas Carol” is written and directed by Mark Shanahan, adapted from his play of the same name.

Westport Country Playhouse Presents A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS CAROL

For the holiday season, Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of "A Merry Little Christmas Carol," based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," before a live audience on Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. The performance will be captured on film for on-demand streaming at home, from Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19.

Part ghost story, part celebration, "A Merry Little Christmas Carol" is written and directed by Mark Shanahan, adapted from his play of the same name. Shanahan is curator of the Playhouse's Script in Hand playreading series and Playhouse Radio Theater.

"It's the holidays at the Playhouse! And we wanted to celebrate by presenting the greatest ghost story of them all!," said Shanahan. "The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is always a powerful reminder that it is never too late to become the best version of ourselves. Of course, these days, the message of Dickens' story seems more powerfully resonant than ever.

"As the Playhouse once again opens its doors to in-person events, we are excited to host our Script In Hand reading of 'A Merry Little Christmas Carol.' Narrated by artistic director Mark Lamos and featuring a cast of six actors playing multiple roles, this highly theatrical adaptation of the novel is tailor-made for the Playhouse stage, offering the chance to tell the classic story in a very personal and - dare I say it? - very spirited way," Shanahan added.

"A Merry Little Christmas Carol" brings to life the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeon everyone loves to hate; the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future; and the darling Cratchit family with the ever-hopeful Tiny Tim.

The cast features Jeffrey Bean as Ebenezer Scrooge (Broadway revivals of "Amadeus" and "Bells Are Ringing"; 2020 Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance in Off-Broadway's "Dublin Carol"); Brittany Kathryn Allen as Belle (New York's "Gloria: A Life"; "Minor Character," recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Ensemble; "Tartuffe"); Amy Jo Jackson as Christmas Present (New York's "Company XIV," "Exit, Pursued by a Bear"; dialect coach for Broadway's "Kinky Boots"); Patrick Halley as Bob Cratchit (Westport Country Playhouse's Script in Hand playreading of "Miracle on South Division Street"; New York's "The Misanthrope," "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"); Kavin Panmeechao as Jacob Marley (author of "the Return," presented by Westport Country Playhouse Radio Theater; Lincoln Center Theater's "The King and I"; national tour of "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"); Theo Adamson as Tiny Tim (Broadway Method Academy's "Newsies"; second grader, studies piano, voice, tap); and Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, as Narrator.

Run time is 80 minutes with no intermission. Tickets to attend the playreading in person are $20. Patrons must be masked and fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine to attend an indoor performance and must show proof of vaccination with their valid ticket to enter. For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visit https://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

Tickets for on-demand streaming are $20 individual, $40 pair, and $80 household. Each purchase entitles the ticket buyer to one individual link.

All dates, titles, artists, and formats subject to change.

To purchase tickets, visit westportplayhouse.org, call (203) 227-4177, or email boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org.


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