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Holiday classics are coming to Utah stages

‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘A Christmas Story’ among productions

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Familiar seasonal classics are among the Christmas productions opening this week.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Charles Dickens' classic tale of greed and redemption, is opening in the Hale Center Theater Orem, Rodgers Memorial Theatre in Centerville and the Terrace Plaza Playhouse in Ogden.

Rodgers Memorial Theatre, 292 E. Pages Lane, is bringing back a production that was originally known as the Madison Square Garden version of "A Christmas Carol." The rights to this script are now handled by Radio City Music Hall, but there are no Rockettes, and the show has nothing to do with the Music Hall's annual Christmas spectacle.

Directed by Leslie Warwood, with choreography by Geoff Reynolds and music direction by Maurie Tarbox, the cast includes Nick Cash, Dave Hill and Scott D. Morgan sharing the role of Scrooge, Lee A. Wright and Ron Glaittli as Bob Cratchit and Andrew Wright and Tyler Morgan as Tiny Tim.

Performances are Mondays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $9-$14 (298-1302).

Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, is opening its 17th annual production of "A Christmas Carol" on Friday and continuing through Dec. 23.

Director Jerry Elison's cast includes Chris Brower as Scrooge, David Burton and Regan Whimpey sharing the role of Bob Cratchit and Nathan Barham and Brenna Jeffs as Tiny Tim.

Performances are nightly except Sundays at 8 p.m. during the entire run, with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. and additional matinees at noon on Dec. 16 and 23 and weekdays at 5 p.m. the week of Dec. 18-22. Tickets range from $12.50-$16.50 (226-8600).

Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, is playing its annual production of "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol" from Friday through Dec. 22.

Directed by Jacci Florence (who also plays Christmas Past), the cast includes Kim Florence as Scrooge, Donald L. Wilhelm as Christmas Present and Scott Hansen as Christmas Future.

Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances nightly Dec. 18-23. Tickets are $9-$11 for adults and $6-$8 for children, with discounts for senior citizens and students (393-0070).

A CHRISTMAS STORY, the stage version of Jean Shepherd's beloved short story about Ralphie Parker hoping to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, is scheduled for 12 performances at Draper Historic Theatre, 12366 S. 900 East, Draper, where it plays from Friday through Dec. 16.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and $6 for children (572-4144 or www.drapertheatre.org).

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, which pits the rambunctious Herdman hooligans against those attempting to stage an annual nativity drama, is being produced by the West Jordan Theatre Arts council at the Sugar Factory Playhouse, 8125 S. 2200 West.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Nov. 27 and 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 4, 7-9 and 11, with matinees at noon next Saturday and Dec. 9. For the first Saturday matinee there will be a "Herdmans Help the Homeless" event. Each child bringing a new pair of gloves, mittens or stockings will receive a special treat.

All tickets are $4 each, at the door or available in advance from Macey's in West Jordan.

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