From Dickens to Dudzick, Local Theaters Celebrate Friendliness with Holiday Themed Shows | Arts

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Enemy soldiers gather in the true story of the 1914 Christmas truce recounted in “All is Calm” at the MusicalFare Theater.

Photo by Doug Weyand

But Kramer said he knows the time is right for the show – even beyond the Christmas setting – because of how the musical explores the ways even the fiercest enemies can find a land of dawn. understanding in everyone’s shared humanity.

“Boy, if it hit one or two spectators it would be a hit,” Kramer said.

That’s a sentiment shared by Radice, who said he believes the holiday theater is about celebrating togetherness and creating lasting traditions. At Alleyway, Radice said members of the public who saw “A Christmas Carol” as children are now returning with their own families.

This extends to the cast as well, with the cast returning year after year to perform on the series. Radice played Charles Dickens, who is the play’s narrator, for 32 seasons, and made a point of greeting each member of the audience with a festive handshake during his tenure. “It’s more than just a play,” he said.

Here is a look at four holiday productions from the region.

“A Christmas Carol”, Théâtre de la ruelle

The classic Charles Dickens Christmas story returns to the Alleyway Theater for its 39th year. It stars David C. Mitchell as the miser Scrooge, whose cold heart is shaken and softened after a nocturnal visit from a series of gruesome spirits. James Cichocki plays the role of Dickens. The play will take place from December 3 to 23 at the Alleyway Theater. The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $ 20 to $ 42.