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Dickens’ old classic A Christmas Carol gets new treatment at VBC Playhouse

HUNTSVILLE – The holiday tradition A Christmas Carol is in its 33rd season at the Von Braun Center, but the Charles Dickens classic will have a new twist during two runs set for this month.

The Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy (FPCTA) is presenting the play with a newly adapted script written and directed by Huntsville native Cherie Evans. In a news release, FPTCA says Evans’ production will make its world premier with a fresh musical adventure through the past, present, and future.

FPTCA further adds that an intergenerational company of over a hundred volunteers will transform the Tennessee Valley to the streets of London with two separate runs December 1st-10th at the VBC Playhouse. 

The Dickens tale, first published in 1843, takes the audience on a trip in time through the past, present, and future with the miserly Mr. Scrooge, three Christmas Spirits, and all the whimsical characters of London town. With more theater magic than ever before, this Charles Dickens classic will delight all ages as an inspiration to keep Christmas in our hearts all year long. ValleyMLS.com is the title sponsor.

Play details:

  • Dates: December 1-3 & 7-10
  • Times: Thursday & Friday nights at 7:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm and 6:00pm 
  • Where: Von Braun Center Playhouse, 700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL. 35801
  • Tickets: $22 for Adults;  $17 for Children ages 3-18. Children 2 and under are free if sitting on a lap. A lap seat ticket needs to be picked up at the Box Office just prior to the show. Group discounts of 10 or more are available. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.fantasyplayhouse.org/ticket-information.

In its release, FPCTA states it provides theatre arts access through production, education, and outreach, reaching more than 31,000 residents annually, including 21,000 children and youth. FPCTA enriches the lives of children and families through theatre and arts education, encouraging students to become self-confident, academically successful, creative-thinking citizens who are more likely to invest in their communities as adults.

FPCTA’s core programs include live children’s theatre productions, classes, camps, workshops, and educational outreach through after-school theatre classes and In-school touring programs. Recognizing the transformative power theatre arts can have in the life of a child, FPCTA prioritizes theatre arts access for all by engaging local underserved communities.

FPCTA is supported in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the City of Huntsville Arts and Cultural grant program, Meta, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. FPCTA’s 63rd season is presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union. Additional season support by Minuteman Press.

 

 

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