Professional Theatre For Maine

A Christmas Carol

Dec 9 - 11, 2016

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Christopher Schario

Don’t miss The Public Theatre’s critically acclaimed holiday production! Rediscover the magic of theatre, when six actors and a fiddler bring Charles Dickens’ classic story to life in a way you’ve never imagined and will never forget. All children 18 and under only $5!

“There’s a great reason why this story is told during the holidays and will never go away”, says author and Artistic Director Christopher Schario.  “Sometimes it’s easy to forget the meaning of the season in all the holiday shopping. Watching Scrooge’s journey always awakens my holiday spirit and gets my heart ready to celebrate Christmas.”

Another thing worth celebrating is The Public Theatre’s ticket price of only $5 for children 18 and under. We are happy to offer quality family entertainment that people can actually afford to bring their family to.

Bring the whole family! Recommended for students in Grades 3-12.

Reviews:

Lewiston’s Public Theatre’s ‘Christmas Carol’ delights imagination - Portland Press Herald
The audience is rapt as the Dickens classic unfolds with a magical narrative revealed through a child's eyes.

Watch a sneak peek of A Christmas Carol, then get your tickets.

With all the different versions out there of this story, we stay true to the heart of the story, while at the same time imaginatively rejuvenating this familiar tale.  Much of Dickens’ original text is used, with six actors sharing narration, and portraying various characters with the aid of a simple costume piece.  A live fiddler underscores the story with traditional Christmas music, and a hand-cranked wind machine and a thunder sheet create a delightfully theatrical atmosphere. Uncluttered by spectacle, the audience’s imagination is free to soar, and this classic story comes to life in a way you’ve never imagined.

The Public Theatre’s version begins with a child reading a copy of Dickens’ novel. As the child reads, five actors and a fiddler magically appear and slowly coax the child into joining the story and becoming the character of Tiny Tim. It’s a marvelous metaphor for the way literature grabs and transforms us, as well as an original way of illuminating this inspiring tale of human redemption. 

Performance Times

Dec 9 7:00pm Tickets
Dec 10 2:00pm Tickets
Dec 10 7:00pm Tickets
Dec 11 2:00pm Tickets

Are my children old enough to enjoy the show?

No children under 4 years-old will be admitted to any performance, except for the spring children's show. No babes in arms, or lap children. If you have purchased a ticket for a child too young to attend, please contact The Box Office for a refund.

For older children and regular performances, it is up to you.  You will find age recommendations for each show based on how we are selling the shows to school groups.

When should I arrive at the Theatre?

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your performance to allow time to pick up your tickets And be seated BEFORE the curtain time.  Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the staff.

The theatre lobby is open 1 hour prior to curtain time.

The house will open 1/2 hour prior to the curtain time.

Where can I Park?

Free parking is available at the Theatre located at the corner of Lisbon and Maple St in downtown, Lewiston. See Map

Often, due to snow accumulation, parking in our lot can be limited.  There is also free parking available at the municipal parking garage next to Kaplan University, as well as the lot across from the college, on the other side of Maple Street from our lot.  Please allow sufficient time to park your car and walk safely to the Theatre in time for your performance.

In the Event of Snow

There will be no refunds in the event of inclement weather, unless we cancel the performance.  Tickets may be exchanged up to 48 hours prior to your performance.  All exchanges are subject to availability.

No-shows are not be eligible for exchange.  If you have any questions regarding your reservation please call our Box Office at (207)782-3200.  

Concessions

We have light refreshments for sale at our concession stand before the show and during intermission.  Offerings include chocolate chip cookies from The Italian Bakery, bottled water, Carrabassett Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and soda.

Some shows do not have an intermission.  Concessions will be open before the show and we may have "cookies to go" for sale following the performance.