Guthrie's Christmas Carol, Directed by Gisselman, Begins Previews Nov. 20

News   Guthrie's Christmas Carol, Directed by Gisselman, Begins Previews Nov. 20 The Guthrie's 33rd annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol begins performances Nov. 20 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.
Raye Birkhead
Raye Birkhead

The production — adapted by Barbara Field and directed by Gary Gisselman – will officially open Nov. 23 for a limited engagement through Dec. 29. For the third consecutive year, Raye Birk heads the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge. The remainder of the company features Michael Booth, Laura Esping, Nathaniel Fuller, Beth Gilleland, Jon Andrew Hegge, Whitney Hudson, Kathleen Humphrey, Charity Jones, Hugh Kennedy, Michael Kissin, Kris L. Nelson, Lee Mark Nelson, Stephen Pelinski, Randy Reyes, Courtney Roche, Doug Scholz-Carlson, John Skelley, Elizabeth Stahlmann, Vern Sutton and Suzanne Warmanen.

"On Christmas Eve," press notes state, "Ebenezer Scrooge learns his stinginess and uncaring attitude towards others could doom him to walk the earth after death wearing a heavy chain of his own creation. But a restless night of visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge memories he's forgotten and his likely future should he continue his cantankerous ways."

The artistic staff for A Christmas Carol also includes Neil Patel (set designer), Jess Goldstein (costume design), 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-$64, 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.