Perhaps no writer in history has ever created more recognizable characters and quotable lines than Charles Dickens so it’s no surprise his classics are still inspiring performances and fans.
Jason Gerace directs the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations adapted by Gale Childs Daly for Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre on 3829 N. Broadway Street through December 20. To learn more, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.strawdog.org.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the extraordinary team at The Second City in presenting a hilarious new holiday experience for audiences right alongside Chicago’s ultimate holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol,” notes Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer of the company’s two Dickens-inspired productions: The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (December 5-28) in the Owen Theatre and A Christmas Carol (now through December 28) in the Albert Theatre on 170 North Dearborn in Chicago. For tickets and more information, call 312-443-3800 or visit www.goodmantheatre.org.
For more than 25 years, Drury Lane Theatre’s Theatre for Young Adults has been bringing A Christmas Carol to life with falling snow and other special illusions. Oakbrook Terrace’s one-hour play runs from November 20 through December 23, with Santa Claus appearing in packaged dinner or breakfast performances. For reservations and more information, call 630-530-0111 or visit www.drurylane.com.
A 70-minute version of A Christmas Carol (November 28-30) comes to the McAninch Arts Center at Collage of DuPage on 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn. The William J. Norris adaption is recommended for children seven years and older. For tickets ($12-$15), call 630-942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.
In Evanston, the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University is workshopping the new musical Scrooge In Love! for a private audience of faculty, students, staff and industry insiders on November 23. Written by Duane Poole, the new show includes music by Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer and Northwestern alumnus Larry Grossman, with lyrics by Drama Desk nominated and Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project alumnus Kellen Blair.
“We are thrilled to be able to invite the creative team to Northwestern,” says AMTP General Manager, Ryan Garson. “We love to bring back Northwestern and Mercer Project alumni, as well as introduce new artists to the University. It’s a great opportunity for the writers to develop their piece, while providing the students with an incredible educational experience of developing new musical theatre.”