As unlikely as it seems, the winter holiday season officially launches next week on the day after Thanksgiving - and with it local stage productions hoping to bring Northeast Ohio closer to its inner Christmas.
A regional tradition, Great Lakes Theater moves across the street to the Ohio Theatre for its annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30 - Dec. 23). The classic story of a man coming back in touch with his humanity, Dickens paints an optimistic picture of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation at the hands of Christmas Eve apparitions. WKSU members can use the code se the code PR4 when ordering and purchase tickets at half price for the Nov. 30 performance (use the code KSU to receive a $10 discount for other nights).
Players Guild Theatre in Canton takes a musical spin on A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30 - Dec. 16), bringing Victorian England to life in song and dance. This year's "All Access" program gives audience members the opportunity to take a backstage tour - led by Scrooge himself!
Akron's Weathervane Playhouse takes a new approach to the familiar story with Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol (Nov. 29 - Dec. 22). Told from the point-of-view of Scrooge's late business partner turned ghostly voice of reason, this comedy follows Marley's attempt at redemption and his one last chance to break the chains that literally bind him.
Find out more about these and other regional arts events online at WKSU ArtsLink.