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A Christmas Carol 2016

A Story of Love and Survival: A Christmas Carol‘s Kim Schultz on Her New Memoir Three Days in Damascus

Starring as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, actor Kim Schultz sheds light on the many injustices of the world, urging Scrooge to change his ways. Off stage, Schultz has found a similar calling, becoming an advocate for refugees of international crises. After volunteering in the Middle East, Schultz recently released Three…

Ringing in the Holidays with the Cast of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a long-standing tradition for Chicago audiences—and for the cast and crew, many of whom return to the production year after year. Here, several cast members share their favorite holiday memories, traditions and more! What is your favorite part about performing in A Christmas Carol, and why do you like to return…

Decades of Delight

A Christmas Carol has delighted audiences and become one of Chicago’s most beloved holiday traditions since it was first performed in 1978 at the Goodman’s original location at the Art Institute of Chicago. The holiday show has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people and hosted 10 directors, 33 Tiny Tims and eight Ebenezer Scrooges…

A Costume Designer’s Perspective

Goodman Theatre’s Costume Shop Manager Heidi Sue McMath has designed the elaborate costumes for A Christmas Carol for the past 16 years. With her designs, McMath has brought life to the many inhabitants of Victorian London, as well as the supernatural spirits who visit Scrooge. These designs can change each year pending the arrival of…

Essential Goodman Stories: Cynthia K. Scholl

For the past 25 years, Goodman Theatre Women’s Board President Cynthia K. Scholl has made A Christmas Carol a family tradition, together with her husband, Michael, and four children. Here, she reflects on their love of the play—and why it is an Essential presence in Chicago. “Attending A Christmas Carol reminds my family that Christmas…

A Note From the Artistic Director

Welcome to A Christmas Carol. When we first produced Charles Dickens’ classic in 1978, we never dreamed that, nearly four decades later, the show would become one of Chicago’s iconic holiday treasures, as essential a part of Christmastime to many families as the lights on Michigan Avenue or a trip to visit Santa Claus. Nearly…

Bob Cratchit’s Guide to Theater Etiquette

As the father of five darling children, I know a thing or two about helping kids behave. The little ones like to run, shout and play, which is fine in the streets of London or even inside our humble cottage. But when I took them to the theater for the first time recently, they had…

About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born February 7, 1812, the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, worked as a naval pay clerk, but his poor financial habits landed him in debtor’s prison when the younger Dickens was 12. While the rest of his family was imprisoned with his father, Charles was forced to work in…

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