Lantern Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” Reading Is a Family-Friendly Holiday Party

Sat 12/22 & Sun 12/23 @ 2PM

There have been a LOT of different staged versions of Charles Dickens’ 1843 short novel A Christmas Carol, from professional productions to my old grade school’s annual performance. Characters like Scrooge and Tiny Tim have become archetypes, and Scrooge’s trademark phrase “Bah! Humbug!” is familiar to everyone.

If you’d like to see one of those fully staged professional productions, Great Lakes Theatre is doing it for the 30th year, through Sun 12/23. If you’d like a see it handled a little differently, the Lantern Theatre is doing its seventh annual A Cold, Cold Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the barn at Canal Corners Farm in Valley View.

Six actors will read the work, with a piano accompanist to set the mood, evoking the emotional arc of the story without the help of elaborate scenery or costumes. The family-friendly one-hour performance will be followed by a Christmas carol singalong, and there will be hot cocoa, cider and baked goods.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Reservations are highly advisable at 216-401-5131 or Those attending are urged to dress warmly because “it’s a barn.”

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