It’s been several years now since I took my boys to see the Alliance Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol. This year we are planning to pick that tradition back up. It’s one of my favorite holiday shows, and the Alliance does such an amazing job. The actors, the costumes, the staging – it’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit – or if you are like me, bribe your college students to spend an evening with you when they come home for the holidays.
The annual holiday production returns December 12 – 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, while the Alliance’s performance space at the Woodruff Arts Center finishes its renovation. I’m a little bummed about it not being at the Alliance’s theater, which I remember as being very intimate, but the Cobb Energy Centre is a beautiful space and the folks at the Alliance are such pros, I may be wishing it was back at the Cobb Energy Centre next year.
As one of the most heartwarming story of the season, the Alliance cast brings the show to life with holiday carols, stunning stage magic, and your favorite Atlanta actors. The show is directed by Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families.
You probably know the story. Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well-known for his miserly ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future – his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past (I just love this one), Present, and Future – who teach him it is never too late to change. The beloved Dickens classic comes to life in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast.
Returning to the cast in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge is acclaimed Atlanta actor David de Vries. De Vries’s credits include the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast (playing Lumiere – my favorite) and the national tour of Wicked (playing Dr. Dillamond – Wicked is another one of my favorite show). Some of De Vries’s recent Alliance Theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Shrek, and Carapace.
Making his debut at the Alliance is nine-year-old Manny Magnus as Tiny Tim. Although new to the Alliance, Magnus is an experienced performer with skills in singing, song-writing for multiple instruments, and hip-hop dancing. He is also a black belt in taekwondo. And he’s only nine! What in the world have I been doing with my life.
So what are you waiting for? There are only 14 performances and they often sell out, so you get tickets now before they sell out (which they do).
Tickets are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404-733-5000, or online at www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas. Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Good To Know: Parking is available for $12 night-of or $10 pre-paid in the Cobb Energy Centre parking deck or surface lot on site. Valet is also available for $15. If you are coming by MARTA, use the Red or Gold Line to Arts Center MARTA Station. Bus #10 to Akers Mill Road @ Galleria Drive. Walk four minutes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.