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Arts Scene: American Theatre Company's 'A Christmas Carol'

By James D. Watts JRl World Scene Writer 


It took Charles Dickens only six weeks to write "A Christmas Carol," which was first published Dec. 19, 1843.

And it took about the same amount of time before the first stage adaptation of the novella was presented.

Since then, "A Christmas Carol" has never been out of print, and adaptations of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors one bleak Christmas Eve are everywhere.

American Theatre Company's musical production, written by company members Bob Odle and Richard Averill in 1976, is one of the longest-running versions in American theater history, second only to the production at Minneapolis' The Guthrie Theater.


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