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Monday, December 18, 2023

Unraveling Scrooge: A Tale of Redemption and Reflection

In Charles Dickens' timeless novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge emerges as a character embodying the change from a miserly loner to a benevolent benefactor. David Rainey, a seasoned member of the Alley Resident Company who has portrayed Scrooge multiple times, reflects on the character's complexity.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Costume Chronicles: Crafting The Ghost of Christmas Present

For this season’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, we decided to remake the robe worn by Christmas Present. We wanted to push the finished garment’s theatrical nature. We also needed to make an additional robe to provide a more feasible plan for the role’s understudy. We made this decision right after last season’s production closed.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Christmas Ghosts of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale that has captured the hearts of readers and audiences for generations. At its heart, the story is a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and redemption. The visits of ghosts guide Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. These three Christmas ghosts reveal the effects of one's actions and the potential for change.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Tiny Tim of ‘A Christmas Carol’ might have suffered from rickets, tuberculosis, or cerebral palsy, UTHealth Houston physicians say

We put it to the experts at UTHealth Houston to help us sort out what Tim might have had and how Scrooge could have changed the course of his life.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Creating Victorian London with Scenic Designer Michael Locher

One of the great joys – and challenges! – of designing for theatre is the occasional opportunity to tackle a story, setting, or play that feels iconic. Designers are often tasked with introducing audiences to places they’ve never seen before, but sometimes, we’re invited to conjure the eminently familiar. Few settings and stories feel more familiar than Victorian London and A Christmas Carol.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The Chains of Regret: The Role of Marley

When it comes to A Christmas Carol, most people instantly think of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformative journey. However, a character shapes Scrooge's destiny - Jacob Marley.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Artistic Director’s Reflections on the Alley’s Production of A Christmas Carol

To create a new production of A Christmas Carol from scratch is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am so honored to shape the Alley’s new adaptation of this beloved classic. We premiered this new version last year, staying faithful to Dickens’ wonderful language and filling the stage with traditional a cappella Christmas songs.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Dickensian Delights: The Historical Context of A Christmas Carol

In the bustling streets of Victorian London, Charles Dickens wrote his timeless tale, A Christmas Carol. Published in 1843, this novella is a holiday tradition for readers and theatre audiences alike.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023


Dickens loved to perform his stories—so he created a special version of A Christmas Carol for exactly that purpose.