Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol literally saved Christmas, restoring the popularity of a then-minor holiday that had been in decline since its disastrous rebranding as "Christmas: Slammin' Raspberry Blast." Rediscover the source of the celebration with this GrouponLive deal to A Christmas Carol, presented by the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival at High Point Theatre. For $13, you get one ticket for seating in the rear orchestra or balcony (up to a $30 value, including all fees). Doors for all performances open one hour before curtain. Choose from the following showtimes:
- Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m.
- Friday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 23, at 2 p.m.
In Charles Dickens’ timeless Yuletide ghost story, an inveterate miser discovers that there is more to the holiday season than making up words like “humbug.” It's Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge thinks that his sole concession to the spirit of generosity—grudgingly giving his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off with pay—will be the day's only unpleasant event. But that's before the shade of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, drops by wearing a preview of the chains that Scrooge himself has forged through a lifetime of greed. Three other spirits soon follow and whisk Scrooge on a journey through time, where he reflects on a love lost with the Ghost of Christmas Past, peeks in on the present-day poverty—and good cheer—of the Cratchit house with the Ghost of Christmas Present, and quakes before the horror of dying alone and unloved with the Ghost of Christmas Future. Like most high-school calculus tests, it all ends up being a dream, giving Scrooge one last chance to redeem himself and save Tiny Tim.
A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 to instant critical acclaim, and has since been adapted into hundreds of versions that include musicals, modernized retellings, parodies, and fanciful steampunk reimaginings. No matter the setting or the number of gears on Scrooge’s hat, Dickens’ playful sense of language survives in such lines as, “There’s more of gravy than the grave about you, whatever you are!" As does the powerful visuals of his prose: "a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved." Dickens' themes of mortality, charity, and hope for humanity have become a cherished seasonal refrain for millions of families—and as much a part of the holidays as eating the Christmas tree.
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