This weekend you’re able to get a double dose of Dickens as his classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, can be seen in two settings.
First is a live presentation of the classic tale on the stage of Founders Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Join the Theatre Department as they present an adaption by Drew Traxler and Lindsey Saltz, which returns to the rich language, imagery, and timeless lesson of Dickens’ original work.
Shared by storytellers and told through voice, sound, and costume, this piece will delight young and old and fill everyone with holiday cheer. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students, senior citizens, and faculty and staff of OSU Mansfield and North Central State College. For tickets, call 419.755.4045 or buy at the on-site box office in the 45 minutes before each performance.
On Saturday, the presentations will be joined by a Holiday Cookie Decorating experience in the lobby of the theatre from 4 PM to 6:30 PM.
The play will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
In downtown Mansfield, the Renaissance Theatre will show the second of four films in its Family Film Series, “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” on Sunday at 3:00 PM. The movie series is part of the Spherion Staffing Family Film Series.
In this beloved holiday film, the Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.
The remaining films in the series include: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, March 17; Raiders of the Lost Ark, June 2.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Renaissance Box Office, at the door, via phone at (419) 522-2726 and online at MansfieldTickets.com/film.
Sources, Photos: Renaissance Performing Arts Association, The Ohio State University at Mansfield; Photo: Creative Commons License