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Timeless Christmas classic comes to Louisville Actors Theatre

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By Actors Theatre of Louisville

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin Moore are delighted to announce Fifth Third Bank’s “A Christmas Carol,” based on the book by Charles Dickens, adapted by Barbara Field and directed by Drew Fracher.

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Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. A beloved tradition for more than four decades and the nation’s second longest continuously-running production of “A Christmas Carol,” Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music.

“A Christmas Carol” will preview Nov. 21 and 22, open Nov. 24 and run through Dec. 23 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.

Actors Theatre is thrilled to welcome some familiar faces in new roles. Drew Fracher returns as director of Dickens’ classic tale. This season, John Preston steps into the role of the cantankerous Ebenezer Scrooge, having previously played the Narrator in the 2014 production. He is joined by James Seol as Bob Cratchit, Whit Lee as Krookings and the Fiddler, Celina Dean as Mrs. Cratchit, Larry Bull as Marley and Lindsey Noel Whiting as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Making their Actors Theatre debuts are Brian Coats as the Narrator and Chaz Rose as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Mr. Fezziwig. Several alumni of the Professional Training Company also return to Actors Theatre, including Taylor Abels as Mrs. Fezziwig, Lisa Bol as Mrs. Grigsby, José Leon as Fred and Alexandra Milak as Belle.

They are joined by members of the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company: Andrea Abello, Calum Bedborough, Satya Chavez, Rigel Harris, Joseph Miller, Tim Peters, Marika Proctor, Omer Abbas Salem, Jack Schmitt and Karoline Xu. In addition, this production includes nine local young actors: Jacob Bukowski, Nathan Bukowski, Annalise Finch, Kate Hall, Olivia Manning, Austin Ramirez, Bailey Ramirez, Vaughn Ramirez and Tyler Russell.

Actors Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is a design tour de force, featuring scenic design by Antje Ellermann (“Long Day’s Journey into Night, Appropriate”), costume design by Kristopher Castle (“Macbeth, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday”), lighting design by Thomas Hase (“A Christmas Carol,” Broadway’s Company), sound design by Matt Callahan (“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety,” “The Kite Runner”) and media design by Philip Allgeier (“Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” and “Part Two: Perestroika,” Fifth Third Bank’s “Dracula”).

Actors Theatre is committed to providing an accessible theatre-going experience and offers an open captioned performance Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and an audio described performance Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. during the run of “A Christmas Carol.”

For more information on our facilities and all services offered, visit ActorsTheatre.org. Tickets are on sale to the public priced from $25 and can be purchased by calling the Actors Theatre box office at (502) 584-1205 or online. Children’s tickets, priced at 50 percent off for ages 5-14, are available with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket on select performances, Nov. 21-Dec. 10. Season ticket holders also receive 20 percent off tickets for the entirety of the run. These special offers are not available online. Box office restrictions and ticketing fees apply. Special ticket offers for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (502) 585-1210. n