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Manual Cinema's

Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 5 at 5pm

Sunday, December 6 at 1pm

Presented by Virtual Events @theBarclay

A world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages and performed LIVE.

Chicago’s Emmy Award-winning Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home. In signature Manual Cinema fashion, hundreds of paper puppets, live actors, miniatures, silhouettes, and an original score, will come together in a live performance to tell an imaginative re-invention of this cherished holiday classic.

“... an ingenious merger of live music and captivating visuals. No matter where you look, you’ll find beauty and intrigue.” —Chicago Sun-Times

And the story begins ...

An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her Chicago apartment, she reconstructs his annual Christmas Carol puppet show—over a Zoom call—while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens’ classic ghost story.

“A piece of theatre that is full of boundless imagination, ingenious technique and beautiful storytelling that packs an emotional punch ... SIMPLY OUTSTANDING.”  —Fringe Review UK

Check out this short behind the scenes clip on Facebook

Note: This event is presented live from Chicago! A custom link for event access will be sent 24 hours prior to the start time.

Tickets: $18 per household, plus a $2 service charge

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