North Central College - Naperville, IL

Musical "Christmas Carol" offers family-friendly entertainment

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307,

Oct. 6, 2010—Young audiences and families will enjoy a spirited holiday production with Theatreworks USA’s musical interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 4 at North Central College. The New York Times says this adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” is “a true delight … inspired, funny and intimate.”

Two performances will be presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Theatreworks USA’s “A Christmas Carol” captures both the humorous and touching moments of the story with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens’ original message that the holiday season should be a kind, forgiving and charitable time. The show was originally directed by David Armstrong, artistic director of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre—the largest regional theater company in the Northwest.

Armstrong’s direction and choreography have been seen in New York, Los Angeles and at many leading regional theaters across the country, including The Kennedy Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Ford’s Theater. Lyrics for the songs in “A Christmas Carol” are by Mark Waldrop, winner of the 1997 Edward Kleban Award for Lyrics. Music is by Dick Gallagher, a Rodger Award-winning composer who has received an unprecedented six Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central’s variety of venues offer a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).