A Noise Within presents Pay What You Can A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Noise Within presents Pay What You Can A CHRISTMAS CAROLA Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues the cherished holiday tradition of presenting its well-loved production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol this year, onstage for the sixth holiday season. This time-honored tale of forgiveness plays 17 performances only, Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 23, 2017 (press opening Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm). Post show, audience members are invited to enjoy a cup of cider and take photos with the cast.

A special Pay-What-You-Can performance has been announced for Friday, December 8 at 8:00 pm. Pay-What-You-Can tickets go on sale at the box office window the day of the performance, starting at 2:30 pm, and are sold on a cash-only basis based on availability; limit of two tickets per person. Anyone purchasing will be entered to win a drawing for a free Christmas dinner.

Also on Sunday, December 10 at 7pm, Sunday Rush tickets are available for A Christmas Carol, so all tickets remaining are $25.00 after 2:30 pm, cash or credit, at the box office on day of performance.

Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott, who adapted the play from the novella, and Julia
Rodriguez-Elliott co-direct this masterpiece about the redemptive power of love. In this production, hailed as "enchantment" by LA Weekly, Dickens' poignant tale is matched by evocative original music by composer Ego Plum.

"Remounting our acclaimed presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol allows families to take a supremely theatrical journey and celebrate the transformative power of forgiveness during the holidays," says Elliott. Rodriguez-Elliott adds, "Ebenezer Scrooge's rebirth from miserly curmudgeon to the epitome of love and generosity affirms our faith in the potent goodness of humanity during this beloved time of year."

Critic's Choice - Los Angeles Times. "GO! Magic as soon as the lights come up!" said LA Weekly. "Beautifully appointed ... a timeless holiday staple," said Backstage, "Fresh and whimsical ... dazzling" - Onstage Los Angeles, and "A lush retelling" - Glendale News-Press.

The A Christmas Carol cast this year features Geoff Elliott* as Scrooge, Frederick Stuart* as Narrator, Rafael Goldstein* as Fred/Young Scrooge, Peter James Smith as Bob Cratchit, Jill Hill* as Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Fezziwig, Jeremy Rabb* and Christopher Franciosa* as Marley, Deborah Strang* as Ghost of Christmas Past/Charwoman, Stephen Weingartner* as Ghost of Christmas Present/Benevolent Gentleman, Roshni Shukla* as Belle/Laundress, Jack Zubieta Elliott as Peter Cratchit, and Ryan Dizon as Tiny Tim. The ensemble, portraying various roles, consists of Jessamyn Arnstein, Nick Bruno, Samuel Christian, Megan Farber, Rigel Pierce-English, Taleen Shrikian, Richy Storrs, Eli Stuart, and Ashlyn Woo. *Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.

Single ticket prices for A Christmas Carol start at $25.00. Contact the A Noise Within box office in person, via phone at 626-356-3100, or online at www.ANoiseWithin.org for updated pricing and seat availability. A Noise Within will offer student rush tickets, and Sunday Rush (for Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 pm) for this production. A Pay What You Can performance takes place on Friday, December 8 at 8:00 pm.

A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107.

About the 2017-2018 season - Entertaining Courage

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott said, "There isn't a time when Dickens doesn't speak directly to our experience, and we're known for bringing his novels to dramatic life on our stage, from Great Expectations to this season's A Tale of Two Cities, to this annual remount of A Christmas Carol."

Geoff Elliot said, "We're certainly living in challenging, unprecedented times. It seems like many people are trying to figure out what the path forward looks like. Dickens has always given his readers stories in which the main characters face their fears head on, and embrace courage and hope."

Now through November 19, A Tale of Two Cities plays in repertory with George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession (ends Nov. 18).

After the holiday break, A Noise Within begins in February with Shakespeare's Henry V, and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry playing in rotating repertory in early 2018, and the season closes with a revival of one of ANW's most Popular Productions, Noises Off by Michael Frayn.

Geoff Elliott continued, "This is a season that asks tough, if fascinating, questions about the nature of courage, and there are no easy answers. Spending time with these indelible characters allows us to reflect and be inspired by them."

A Noise Within, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last season, was called "an oasis for those who love classic stories" by The Los Angeles Times, and is a leading regional producer based in Pasadena, CA. ANW's award-winning resident company practices a rotating repertory model at their state-of-the-art, 283-seat performing space. This venue, established in 2011, has allowed ANW to expand its audience, surpassing its previous box office, subscription, and attendance records each year.

In addition to producing world-class performances of classical theatre, the organization runs robust education programs committed to inspiring diverse audiences of all ages. Helmed by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who hold MFAs from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, A Noise Within truly delivers CLASSIC THEATRE, MODERN MAGIC. http://www.anoisewithin.org

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