This event marks the fourth consecutive year that the Goodman and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have made a young person's dream of appearing on stage come true. It's the theatre's first partnership with the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Hull and Finch will wear costumes created especially for them, and appear in select scenes of the annual production, directed by William Brown.
Together with the cast, they will take a bow and sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" at the curtain call. Following the performance, Hull will greet audiences in the theatre's lobby, where signed copies of his book, "The Golden Jet," will be available for purchase.
Charles Finch, 11, from Markham, IL, is a Washington Elementary School sixth grader who lives with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He dreams of becoming an actor on the stage and screen.
"This role in A Christmas Carol is a wonderful opportunity for our wish child to feel the compassion of the community as he battles cancer," Stephanie Springs, chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, said in a statement. "The experience will surely be amazing and help to keep Charles' excitement level high as we work to plan his movie wish."
The Goodman's 33rd annual production of A Christmas Carol plays to Dec. 31.
Tickets (starting at $68) to Bobby Hull/Make-A-Wish Night are available by calling the box office at (312) 443-3800 or visiting GoodmanTheatre.org.
For more information about the Chicago Make-a-Wish program, call (312) 602-WISH or visit www.wishes.org.