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Krannert Center announces premiere of Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol

Krannert Center has just added something to your wish list that’s guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Chicago’s Manual Cinema, who we last saw in 2018 for their production of Blue Memories—The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, will be back, by Zoom, to share their take on Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol.

The following is shared directly from the KCPA announcement.

In this contemporary take on the classic, Aunt Trudy, an avowed holiday skeptic, has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her Chicago apartment, she reconstructs his annual A Christmas Carol puppet show—over a Zoom call while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning, cinematic adaptation of Dickens’ classic ghost story. Performed live and streamed live from their Chicago studio, Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol features hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and a live, original musical score. Following the Sunday, December 6th matinee performance, audiences are invited to join for a short, behind-the-scenes experience that will highlight the innovative artistry of Manual Cinema’s puppets and props.

Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 5th, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6th, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
$15/household; please visit for student rates and to purchase tickets for this online event that will last less than an hour.
Recommended for all ages.

Top image courtesy of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

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