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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner both extended their congratulations to the Goodman as A Christmas Carol celebrates its 40th anniversary. Read their special notes to the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol below!
Do you have a special story to tell? Join GeNarrations, a seven-week personal narrative writing workshop for adults age 55+. During workshops, participants write stories about their lives based on themes from the plays on stage. Currently, the Goodman works with more than 100 participants in spaces on Chicago’s north, west and south sides, as well as in the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement. Below, GeNarrations participant Barbara Ketter recounts a special Christmas past:
As we approached the 40th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, we were curious to hear the multitude of ways the show has touched audiences over the years.
Long before the first snowflake falls on our marquee, Goodman Theatre’s staff begin the year-long preparations for the most anticipated show of the year–Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
It was 1978: Grease was on the big screen, Jimmy Carter in the White House and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack topped the charts for 24 weeks. The world has certainly changed since A Christmas Carol premiered on the Goodman stage that year, yet the production has remained a Chicago standard. As Scrooge reflects on his own past, the Goodman is thrilled to look back over the past 40 years of A Christmas Carol.
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“The casting, with an eye toward inclusion, is really important to the Goodman. It’s amazing when students see people who look like them on stage.”
“It’s the first show I saw at the Goodman during what was my first holiday away from my family. The show was warm, fuzzy and magical and made me feel a little less homesick.”