A Christmas Carol opens December 2, 2016
BALTIMORE (November 27, 2016) – Catch the holiday spirit: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s original adaptation of A Christmas Carol delights kids of all ages as it celebrates Baltimore’s heritage.
Spiced with local history, joyous carols, and dazzling special effects, A Christmas Carol is a best-seller and crowd-pleaser. Reservations are strongly recommended: Performances close to Christmas tend to sell out.
This isn’t a “hon” Christmas Carol. Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar brings the play’s timeless message home by setting it in Victorian Baltimore. The script closely follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ novella: Scrooge awakens to visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. They spirit the lonely miser away from his bedroom to help thaw his frozen heart and teach him a lesson about the importance of giving.
Scrooge & Marley’s counting house has the address of the 1885 Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Company building in Baltimore’s old financial district. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company converted this bank building into a gorgeous theatre for the classics in 2014.
“We placed the story in the Baltimore business district of the 19th Century in honor of this magnificent building housing our theater, and this amazing city in which we perform,” says Gallanar. The script includes references to familiar streets, watermen, and the diverse cultures of the early port city.
Gregory Burgess, a Chesapeake Shakespeare Company resident company member known for his great warmth, returns for his third season portraying the irascible and ultimately redeemable Scrooge. Associate Artistic Director Scott Alan Small directs a professional cast of local artists, including company members and 11 child actors from area schools.
A Christmas Carol runs December 2 through December 23, 2016, at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 South Calvert Street (at Redwood Street), Baltimore, MD 21202.
There will be two public preview performances, on November 30 and December 1.
Ticket prices range from $25 – $65 for adults, $25 – $59 for seniors, and $19 – $33 for children and students.
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.
For a complete schedule and tickets, visit ChesapeakeShakespeare.com or call the Box Office at 410.244.8570.
Box office hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 11am-3pm, and 45 minutes before every performance.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jean Thompson, Communications Manager, 410.244.8571, ext. 116, or 443-845-6130 or Thompson@chesapeakeshakespeare.com