Mudlark Theater Company brings a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” to the former Next Theatre space at the Noyes Cultural Center in Evanston this month.

The show features a cast of adult and youth performers and a rare “Christmas past” glimpse of Ebenezer Scrooge as a young man.

The show opens Friday, Dec. 12, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 21, at 927 Noyes St.

It’s directed by Michael Miro, Mudlark’s executive director, and features Artistic Director Andrew Biliter as the Scrooge himself.
“There’s a reason why this play gets done every year. The message of this story resonates with all ages,” Miro says. “Everyone realizes how they can live their life better. For Scrooge, this happens later in life, and he gets the opportunity to redefine himself.”

The production offers all of the signature Mudlark twists audiences have come to expect, with a few surprises and scenes that shift Greek chorus-style with a fleet of young carolers.

“A Christmas Carol” was slated to play on the Next stage before Next announced last month it was closing after 34 years.

Miro says the City of Evanston, which has taken over the space at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, has been wonderful to work with and that he’s thrilled to still be able to stage the holiday show there.

Mudlark Theater Company provides children ages 8 to 18 with hands-on acting and backstage experiences and promises audiences of all ages entertaining theater.

Tickets and more information are available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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