Get in the Holiday Spirit with The Rep’s Virtual “A Christmas Carol”

2020 can’t cancel one of Milwaukee’s favorite holiday traditions.

This year we could use a little holiday joy more than ever, so don’t be a Scrooge! Shake off that bah humbug attitude and replace it with some holiday spirit (pun intended!) with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s productions of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. 

Based on the Charles Dickens novel, The Rep will showcase two versions of A Christmas Carol, one of which being free to stream virtually. Consider it The Rep’s gift to you this season! However, you can still support The Rep by purchasing tickets or making a tax-deductible donation to their Rep Rising Emergency Relief Campaign.Rep.

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The version of the Christmas classic being offered for free to the public is Mark Clements’ Classic Production of A Christmas Carol from 2016. For this production, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has broken into their video vault to share this never-before-seen recording just in time for the holidays. The production, which was filmed in the historic Pabst Theater is available from Dec. 1-24 to viewers everywhere.

The other version of the production that is available for your enjoyment is Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol featuring Lee E. Ernst performing a one-man-show. That’s right! Ernst will be the sole performer, playing over a dozen roles himself. The performance is part of a special 45th-anniversary production for The Rep and is available from Dec. 10-24. But hurry! The show is on a first-come, first-served basis because a limited number of tickets will be distributed. Tickets for this priced production cost $20.

Both versions of the performance will be virtual and available worldwide to view. The presentations of these productions are in partnership with HMS Media, a 20-time Emmy Award-Winning multimedia company with a specialization in live performance broadcasting.

Each production is a full-length production and professionally recorded. Although many may be nostalgic for the familiarity of an in-person perfomance, watching from home will be like watching from the best seats in the theater, plus you don’t have to worry about craning your neck to see when someone tall sits in front of you!

To find out more about how The Rep is bringing the classic story of A Christmas Carol right to your homes this holiday, you can do so here.

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck