Cal Poly Arts presents The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Cent.

A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 28 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set; a full array of timeless carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens’ 1843 novel. The colorful scenery and elaborate costumes faithfully recreate the Victorian period, while exceptional voices, lively dancing and dazzling special effects combine to create a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family.

The heartwarming tale depicts Scrooge, whose values are focused exclusively on profit, and his conflicts with the struggling Cratchit family, whose tragic problems typified the working class during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England. The touching climax is based on Dickens’ belief that the ills of a greedy world can be healed by brotherhood and unselfishness.

The Caravan’s fully staged, musically-infused version of the Dickens classic has become a Yuletide tradition for many across the country. The story was adapted for the stage by Charles Jones, former executive director of the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska and the Caravan has been touring this adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. It is one of the most widely viewed productions of the Dickens tale in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in over 60 cities across the country.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $30 to $62 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

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