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“A Christmas Carol” is a Huntsville Family Tradition


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“A Christmas Carol” is a Huntsville Family Tradition

Fantasy Playhouse Christmas Carol huntsville 2018

Every December, my son and I get dressed to the nines, and head out for a “Mom Date”. We go eat someplace that has an actual tablecloth and fancy delicacies such as “chicken on a stick” (aka satay at Surin) and I teach him how to hold doors open for ladies and how to order. This dinner is always followed by a show, namely Fantasy Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol, a holiday play I attended in the same playhouse when I was a girl.

The show has come full circle, and I’m taking my son to see it – as it was performed in 1990 – this Huntsville tradition is in its 30th year! The musical brings to life Charles Dickens’ beloved story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation as he is visited on Christmas Eve by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Beautifully staged with elegant period costumes, sets, lighting and wonderful special effects, this show takes the audience to nineteenth century London where Scrooge, Marley’s ghost, Tiny Tim and the rest of the familiar characters tell the tale of one man’s redemption and bring the Christmas spirit to us all.

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More than 100 volunteers, both on-stage and behind the scenes, work together to bring the magic alive year after year.

Robyn Mitchell as Mrs. Cratchit and Kevin O’Brien as Bob Cratchit.

Participating annually in A Christmas Carol as an audience member is one thing, as a cast member entirely another. “There are several families that have multiple members involved in the show on stage and off,” says Karen Mockensturm, Executive Director of Fantasy Playhouse. You will often find that production is a family affair, with brothers and sisters, parents, and spouses all sharing their talents.

2019 Show Details

When: Shows are December 6-8, 2019 and 13-15, 2019
Show times are Friday Nights at 7:00 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 & 5:00 PM

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Where: VBC Playhouse, Huntsville
How Much: Adult tickets are $20 each; Kids 18 and under $15 each – Purchase tickets online & skip the line!
More Info: Info at or by telephone at 256-539-6829.

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  • We love holiday plays. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” are other family favorites.

  • The Christmas plays my parents used to take us too were only ‘Christmas plays’ because they were performed around Christmas. lol And I haven’t seen A christmas carol as a play yet

  • I took my elder son to see it a couple of years ago, and he was transfixed! Want to take both boys this year. Such a fantastic Huntsville tradition!

  • I used to go with my Mom every year at Fantasy Playhouse; what great memories! I’d love to go again…. 🙂

  • I’ve never seen A Christmas Carol. I would love to be able to go with my son.

  • I love a Christmas Carol, but haven’t taken my littles to see it yet! This may be the year!

  • A Christmas Carol is our favorite! Have not seen it in over 10 years performed live 🙂

  • Come see “A Christmas Carol”! The cast and crew have worked SO hard! Merry Christmas!!

  • I love all the Christmas plays! My kids just finished “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and we are looking forward to seeing some of the other great ones in town before the big day! Free tickets would help a lot!

  • It has been a few years since we saw this play. It is always fantastic! Would love to see it this year 🙂

  • I never seen A Christmas Carol as a play before. I haven’t taken the whole family to a Christmas show yet but my favorite when I was young was always the Nutcracker!

  • The only perforance I have ever seen at Christmas is the Christmas Spectacular in Rockerfeller Center. It was our tradition growing up in NJ. We have been here 5 years and although my daughter has auditioned for the Christmas Carol, we have yet to see it. Maybe this year!

  • Altho one of my favorite Christmas stories, I’ve never seen it live. Would be fantastic!

  • We’ve never done a play, but my husband and daughter have a tradition of going to the Nutcracker ballet every year. A Christmas Carol is one of our favorite Christmas stories so this would be a great “first” for us!

  • I’ve never seen A Christmas Carol as a play, so I guess the Nutcracker would be my favorite right now. =)

  • i will love to see a play i have never been to one and i think it will be a great time to start now!!!! love to take my co-worker he loves plays.

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