Charles Dickens’ friends and family members bring his classic tale to life on stage

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts presents “A Christmas Carol,” Michael Paller’s adaptation of the traditional holiday classic, presented in a unique retelling. “A Christmas Carol” runs now through Dec. 16 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. #J, in Marysville.

It’s Christmas Eve in London, 1843, and Charles Dickens has invited his closest friends to join his family for a festive celebration at his home. When he is asked to tell a story, he insists that “if we’re to have a story, let us each take a part in its telling.” Thus, the guests are ushered into his work space in the attic, where they are assigned roles in the Victorian ghost story he has been creating. Each member of the party plays several characters during the course of the evening, until the miser is redeemed and the anticipated feast is finally served.

Directed by Beckye Randall, the cast includes local actors David Henry, Ben St. Hilaire, Christopher Bartness, Andrea Miner, Brandon Tiehen, Hilary Erlandson, and Sean Jancovik. Young actors Trevor Glassman, Pierce Parsons and Evellyn Jeschke round out the ensemble.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Red Curtain Arts Center (9315 State Ave, Suite J -- in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the EvCC cosmetology school). Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+), students and military personnel, and $10 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available online at; at the RCF box office by phone (360.322.7402); or in-person at the arts center Tuesday-Saturday from 2-6 p.m.

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