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Theatre Calgary won’t let the pandemic disrupt the city’s A Christmas Carol tradition

As we wait to find out what Christmas will look this year, Calgarians can be certain that one thing will remain unchanged.

For 33 years, Theatre Calgary has brought Charles Dickens’ timeless tale to the city, and this this year will be no different.

So, don’t worry or cry “bah humbug” because A Christmas Carol is going online.

The theatre remains closed due to COVID-19. The company said they’ve re-imagined what the show could be, and how to bring it to audiences in a safe and accessible way.

The newly abridged 80-minute adaptation by Calgary playwright Geoffrey Simon Brown will feature a cast of three playing more than 25 characters. The play will once again feature Stephen Hair, who returns for his 27th year as Scrooge.

“This year, we are thrilled to combine the worlds of film and theatre, and three enthralling actors who play the classic characters from Scrooge, to the Christmas spirits, to Tiny Tim,” said Theatre Calgary director Stafford Arima.

The classic story of greed, ghosts, and redemption will be presented as a digital filmed production. It will be available online from Dec. 11 to 31, for $25.

“Keeping this part of the holiday cultural fabric of our city was vitally important for us and our audiences this year,” said Arima.

“This will be a visually scrumptious, at-home experience that will bring this classic story to life in an entertaining and powerful way.”

This all-new filmed production will be available for audiences to watch at home starting December 11.

Access to the digital production can be purchased at theatrecalgary.com for $25 per household, and will be available for five days from the date selected.