The production — adapted by Barbara Field and directed by Gary Gisselman – will begin previews Nov. 18 and open Nov. 21 for a limited engagement through Dec. 31 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. For the fourth consecutive year, Raye Birk will head the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge.
The remainder of the company will feature Michael Booth, Ally Carey, Laura Esping, Wayne A. Evenson, Nathaniel Fuller, Elizabeth Griffith, Jon Andrew Hegge, Kathleen Humphrey, Hugh Kennedy, Michael Kissin, Bill McCallum, Ann Michels, Lee Mark Nelson, Richard Ooms, Sherwin F. Resurreccion, John Skelley, Elizabeth Stahlmann, Vern Sutton, Suzanne Warmanen and Sally Wingert.
"Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with his well-known 'bah humbug,'" according to press notes, "until one Christmas Eve he learns that his stinginess and uncaring attitude will doom him to walk the earth after death wearing a heavy chain created by his selfish ways. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come visit Scrooge during a restless night, showing him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the desolate future should he continue his cantankerous ways."
The artistic staff for A Christmas Carol also includes Neil Patel (set designer), Jess Goldstein (costume design 1996), David Kay Mickelsen (additional costume design), Marcus Dilliard (lighting designer), Victor Zupanc (composer), Anita Ruth (musical director), Scott W. Edwards (sound designer), Michael Lupu (dramaturgy), Elisa Carlson (voice and dialect coach), Myron Johnson (associate director/movement coach), Martha Kulig (stage manager), Robert Goudy (assistant director) and Jason Clusman (assistant stage manager).
Tickets, priced $29-$70, are available by calling (612) 377-2224 or by visiting www.guthrietheater.org. The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis.