ABT spreads cheer with A Christmas Carol

Dickens' timeless tale of ghostly visitations and redemption comes to Billings Dec. 20-21

On Stage

Alberta Bair Theater spreads an ample helping of holiday cheer with two productions of A Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, and Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Ebenezer Scrooge confronts another ghost in A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer Scrooge confronts another ghost in A Christmas Carol.

A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and The Christmas Spirits of Past, Present and Future.

With script adaptation by award-winning 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance and direction by veteran Broadway director Clayton Philips, this new adaptation of Dickens’ ever popular classic fills the stage with first-class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. Expect some haunting special effects too.

The company, Perseverance Productions, has been spreading cheer across the country from its home base in New Hampshire for several years now. “We only know only one way to tell this great theatrical tale – with 100% commitment, passion, humor, and dedication,” say producers.

As the British writer Samuel Johnson wrote: “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”

Tickets, $47, $37, $27, $17 Student, are available at the ABT Box Office, located at 2801 Third Ave. N., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; by phone at 406-256-6052; and on the ABT website at albertabairtheater.org. Additional processing fees apply to web and phone sales.