Season 14: Theatre for Young Audiences

December 10 - 29, 2022


Music by Douglas J. Cohen
Lyrics by Tom Toce
Book by Robert Owens Scott
Conceived and originally directed by Bruce Colville


A CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS is a highly original and humorous take on A Christmas Carol that follows a young Charles Dickens, unable to find much joy in life, struggling to write the Christmas story that will become the most famous holiday tale of all time. With the intervention of a magical muse, the elements of his famous A Christmas Carol begin to take shape. Dickens learns the true meaning of Christmas and finds in his past the inspiration for his immortal holiday classic. A Charles Dickens Christmas' rich musical score is sure to put the holiday cheer into every member of the audience.

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the River Bend Bookshop! Throughout this production, River Bend will have a holiday pop-up shop in our lobby, filled with festive gifts and books. 20% of all proceeds will go to the Playhouse.

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Performance Schedule

December 10 - 29, 2022
Saturday, 12/10: 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, 12/11: 10am (Sensory Friendly) & 2pm
Wednesday, 12/14: 3:30pm
Friday, 12/16: 7:00pm
Saturday, 12/17: 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, 12/18: 2pm
Wednesday, 12/21: 3:30pm
Friday, 12/23: 7pm
Tues-Fri 12/27 – 12/30: 2pm & 7pm

A Charles Dickens Christmas Sensory-Friendly Performance:
Sunday, December 11th at 10am

See our Literature Alive page for field trip opportunities.

Recommended for Grades 3 - 8, but offers fun for the entire family!





Ross Coughlin (Actor 3)
Rockefeller Productions: Christopher Robin DISNEY’S WINNIE THE POOH; Arizona Broadway Theatre: Patchy the Pirate THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL; Wagner College: Seymour Krelborn LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

Amber Emerson (Actor 5)
Fulton Theatre: U/S Maria, ensemble THE SOUND OF MUSIC; Totem Pole Playhouse: Liesl THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Servant Stage Company: Marian THE MUSIC MAN.


Shannen Hofheimer (Actor 6)
Chamber Theatre Productions: Actor ENCORE! (THE TELL TALE HEART, LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, ETC.); NETworks: Marta/Gretl THE SOUND OF MUSIC starring Marie Osmond. Shannen graduated from The Hartt School with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. 

Chris Marth (Actor 2)
Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Silvius AS YOU LIKE IT, Watchman ROMEO AND JULIET, u/s Stuart Lasker INTO THE BREECHES; Weathervane Playhouse: William Barfee …SPELLING BEE, Gretna Theatre: Mr. Pinkerton PINKALICOUS. 

Brendan Massar (Actor 1)
is a recent graduate of the Emerson College BFA Musical Theatre program. Favorite regional credits include: Jesus GODSPELL, Jay Gatsby THE GREAT GATSBY, LES MISERABLES, NEWSIES.

Daniel Pippert (Actor 4)
Off-Broadway: Bradley XIMER; Regional credits: Lionel CAMELOT, Mr. Fezziwig A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Daryl BRIGHT STAR, Ensemble/D'ysquith understudy A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE…