Christmas on Stage

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Celebrate this festive season by taking in some great, live theater. Downtown Aurora is lucky to have three fantastic theater venues that are all giving the gift of Christmas spirit this season.

Riverfront Playhouse: For the 20th consecutive year, The Riverfront Playhouse at 11-13 South Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora will present their own original version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This year’s performances will begin on Friday, December 13 at 8pm, with added shows on Saturday, December 14 at 8, Sunday, December 15 at 3pm, Friday December 20 at 8pm, Saturday December 21 at 8pm, and Sunday December 22 at 3pm.

Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens story by Riverfront veteran Jack Schultz, this production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL features nine songs also written by Schultz.

Under the direction of Sherry Winchester Schultz, the Riverfront’s version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL has become a tradition for not only the playhouse, but for many of the actors who frequently revive their portrayals from year to year, as well as many area families who return time and again to relive the unique and sometimes heart-warming but always hilarious retelling of the Dickens’ classic.

Playwright Jack Schultz has taken the Dickens story and tells it in the traditional way, but with an non-traditional spin: imagine that a travelling band of itinerant actors have come into town on a circus wagon to tell the story. This seemingly bizarre twist blends seamlessly into the action of the story, providing the audience with a frame of reference to explain the phenomenon experienced by Ebeneezer Scrooge in the other-worldly visits he receives from his long deceased partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas, representing the past, the present, and the dreaded future.

Jack Schultz had been a Riverfront regular since 1983, performing, directing and writing plays until his untimely passing in September 2012 from a heart attack. “This year’s presentation is especially meaningful to the cast and crew due to Jack’s passing last year.  We have been reminded of how precious life is and how many ways one person can touch many lives.  Jack has left us all with a legacy of song, laughter, warmth and love of mankind,” said Winchester Schultz.

Tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are $17 for adults, $15 for students, children and senior citizens. Reservations are definitely recommended since many of the performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL sell out quickly. You can make reservations by calling the playhouse box office at (630) 897-9496.

Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd.: 

DECEMBER 14
Experience the musical arrangements and uplifting harmonies of Mannheim Steamroller with your whole family.

DECEMBER 18
Have a high-energy, fast-dancing Christmas with music from the green and rocky lands of Ireland and Scotland.

DECEMBER 28
Even the most skeptical audience will have to think twice about believing what they see when they watch the magic of Bill Blagg.

For tickets, call (630) 896-6666.

Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd.:

THE SECOND CITY’S NUT-CRACKING HOLIDAY REVUE

DECEMBER 6 – 22
The comedians of Chicago’s world-famous Second City return with their usual brand of irreverent humor, and a different sort of holiday cheer.

For tickets, call (630) 896-6666.