- $12 for two general-admission tickets (up to $16 value)
A Popcorn Hat Christmas Carol
While the Popcorn Hat Players’ family-friendly take on Charles Dickens’ yuletide ghost story has a cast of familiar characters—from the crotchety Scrooge to the spectral soothsayer Jacob Marley—audiences might be surprised by a few modern twists. For instance, the beleaguered Bob Cratchit has been replaced with single mother Roberta Cratchit who is taking care of Tiny Tim on her own. Also, there are several playful anachronisms, whether it’s a joke about a celebrity chef or Pink Floyd’s “Money” being used as Scrooge’s theme song. But all updates aside, the tale’s structure remains the same, as Scrooge still makes his way from grumpiness to celebration thanks to three ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes him back to revisit a long-lost love, the Ghost of Christmas Present brings him to terms with present-day poverty, and the grimmest specter of all makes Scrooge realize the futility of his greed. The end result is a play that manages to be fresh while still respecting its source material, and that’s something that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike.
Gamut Theatre Group
From improv comedy to kids' shows to classic dramas, the Gamut Theatre Group offers a veritable feast of theater for kids and grown-ups alike. The Popcorn Hat Players, a team of actors and scriptwriters who produce original versions of classic children's stories with minimal scenery and absolutely no lengthy litigation scenes, complements the dramatic side, the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, a troupe of seven artists who supplement the works of the Bard with similar works that are Shakespearean in content if not in authorship.
Meanwhile, the in-house comedy troupe T.M.I. specializes in long- and short-form, character-driven improv, and Stage Door productions have included radio theatre, staged readings, development of original works by local playwrights, providing theatrical experiences to the greater Harrisburg area.