A Christmas Carol

Syracuse Stage brings holiday spirit to CNY with classic holiday story mounted for the first time in eight years

Syracuse Stage will have residents of Central New York saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Bah Humbug" as Director Rodney Hudson and a cast including 14 local children present Charles Dickens' heartwarming classic A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol will help theatre-goers keep the holiday season in their hearts during its run now to Dec. 31. (It is not part of the subscription series.)

The show, a collaborative production with the Syracuse University Drama Department, is the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Family Holiday Series offering. A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Chase, Constellation Energy, Lockheed Martin MS2 and Verizon. Media sponsors are WAER 88.3, Eagle Newspapers and WCNY. Syracuse Stage's 34th season is sponsored by The Post Standard and Time Warner Cable.

A Christmas Carol is a tale that has become a holiday tradition. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the quintessential curmudgeon who learns his lesson -- and the meaning of Christmas -- when the ghostly spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future open his eyes to the consequences of his misanthropic, penny-pinching ways. The play, last seen at Syracuse Stage during the 1998/99 season, has been adapted by SU Drama Department faculty member Gerardine Clark, and features music composed, adapted and arranged by Dianne Adams McDowell.

Fourteen local children will join the professional actors and SU Drama Department students for the production.

A Christmas Carol opened Nov. 28 and will run through Dec. 31. Tickets range in price from $22 to $50 and are available by calling the Syracuse Stage Box Office at 443-3275 or visiting the website SyracuseStage.org.

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