IRT brings a holiday tradition to the stage with ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Jennifer Johansen and David Alan Anderson in the IRT’s 2021 production of “A Christmas Carol.” (Photo/Zach Rosing)
Jennifer Johansen and David Alan Anderson in the IRT’s 2021 production of “A Christmas Carol.” (Photo/Zach Rosing)

Indiana Repertory Theatre is celebrating the return of one of its favorite holiday traditions: “A Christmas Carol.”

Onstage now through Dec. 24, The IRT’s production of “A Christmas Carol” aims to celebrate the “joy of the season” with Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Directed by Pricilla Lindsay, who is returning for the IRT’s holiday season to direct the show for the 13th time, “A Christmas Carol” includes a cast full of familiar faces and family-friendly themes sure to warm a cold heart.

“What I love about ‘A Christmas Carol’ is the chance to re-visit old friends: to boo the miser, to cheer for Tiny Tim, and to dread the coming of the Future,” Lindsay said in a statement. “I want to see a world in which the hearts of the prosperous and powerful open freely towards the poor and powerless.” 

Adapted by former Artistic Director Tom Hass, “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of a mean-spirited and lonely man, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his journey to redemption through visits from a series of Christmas spirits, Past, Present and Future, who warn him of his fate if he does not change.

Based on the 175-year-old book by Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” contains positive themes for audiences of all ages.

“We tell this story for ourselves, for those we love and those we don’t, and we share it especially with our children,” Lindsay said. “They are the ones who can, if they so desire, find new, positive paths for this old world. And the rest of us can try to focus on kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant times, all year long. If Scrooge can change, maybe so can we.” 

The IRT will host an Artist Conversation following the 7 p.m. performance on Dec. 21. Guests of that performance will get to engage with cast members and the creative team behind the production of “A Christmas Carol.”

“Year after year we joyfully continue our holiday tradition and celebrate this timeless story,” Benjamin Hanna, IRT’s Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director, said in a statement. “I am elated that Priscilla is back to sprinkle her special magic and heart on our treasured production.” 

“A Christmas Carol” is onstage at the IRT, located at 140 W. Washington St., now through Dec. 24. The show is approximately two hours and five minutes, including a 20-minute intermission. Tickets begin at $25 and are available at tickets.irtlive.com.

Information about ticketing and a performance schedule can be found at IRTlive.com.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.