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A Christmas Carol Online – 2020

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Curt Columbus
With Joe Wilson, Jr. as Scrooge
A FREE Online Version

DECEMBER 17, 2020 – JANUARY 10, 2021

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Southern New England’s favorite holiday tradition continues with an all-new online experience. This free, on-demand video is a wholly unique and thoroughly Trinity Rep take on the Dickens classic that integrates traditional theatrical storytelling with technological possibilities only available with digital production. Ebenezer Scrooge is guided by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on a heartwarming journey toward redemption that you can now share with friends and family no matter where they live. Make the spirit of the season come alive with a memorable holiday experience filled with hope.

Bonus Content Still Available

Viewer Guide – articles, bios, activities and more

Community Sing – Join over 60 members of our community for a video sing-a-long for three holiday songs.

Making Christmas – an hour-long interview with the director, an actor, costume designer, sound designer, and director of photography with behind-the-scenes stories, photos, and an exclusive video sneak peek.

Study Guide – for teachers to use in class with their students

Family Activity Guide – games and recipes to get you in the holiday spirit

Sensory Friendly Introductory Video

Sensory Friendly Guide – This list contains moments in the video that may be either visually or audibly jarring for audience members with autism spectrum disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sensory sensitivities, or young children.

Online Paint Party Video – follow along step-by-step instructions from Mermaid Masterpieces to make your own painting inspired by A Christmas Carol

Spoiler Alert!


Below is a synopsis of the show. You've been warned.

It’s a cold, Christmas Eve night and Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman, continues to work away from the holiday merriment.  Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, calls to invite him to Christmas dinner with his family. Scrooge turns him down without even a “Merry Christmas.” While continuing to work, Scrooge accidentally answers a call from two solicitors who are helping to raise money for those in need. They encourage him to support their cause to which responds that his taxes already go towards prisons and workhouses and that is enough.

We then meet Scrooge’s assistant, Mr. Bob Cratchit, through an interoffice call, as he requests Christmas Day off from work. Scrooge begrudgingly agrees that he shall have the day, but return all the earlier the next day. Scrooge leaves his office and as he walks home, he begins to hear the voice of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge arrives home, scared and startled, and tries to convince himself that the voices were only his imagination. But soon the ghost of Marley appears to warn him that he will be visited by three spirits and that Scrooge must listen to them if he wants to escape the same fate.

Even though Scrooge doesn’t believe what he sees or hears, later that night the Ghost of Christmas Past appears. The spirit shows Scrooge images from his childhood and young adulthood, including moments with his sister Fan, his first employer Mrs. Fezziwig, and a painful memory with his fiancée, Belle. Soon the Ghost of Christmas present arrives and shows Scrooge Bob Cratchit’s tiny home on this Christmas Day. Cratchit is about to enjoy dinner with his husband and son, Tiny Tim. The spirit tells Scrooge that unless the future changes, Tiny Tim will die. The ghost also shows Scrooge his nephew Fred’s house, where the family is playing games and enjoying the holiday even though Scrooge refused to join. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come finally appears. They don’t speak to Scrooge, only showing him a conversation where people discuss the death of a lonely old miser. He begs the spirit to show him someone who is moved with emotion by death, and he finds his own clerk Cratchit at the gravestone of Tiny Tim. The last stop is Scrooge’s own tombstone, where he realizes that the lonely man whose death is being celebrated is his own.

Scrooge vows to change his ways. He honors Christmas Day when he wakes up in the morning, spreading through generosity and kindness. Never again does Scrooge ignore the joys of the holiday spirit.

Cast & Creative

Leander and Tristan Carney
Ignorance and Want
Adam Crowe
Sam Cratchit, Bob's husband
Daniel Duque-Estrada '13
Spirit of Christmas
Taavon Gamble
Bob Cratchit
Rebecca Gibel
Ghost of Christmas Past
Christopher Lindsay '21
Evelyn Marote
Tiny Tim
Jessica Natalie Smith '21
Stephen Thorne
Jacob Marley
Rachael Warren
Joe Wilson, Jr.
Ebenezer Scrooge
Rodney Witherspoon, II
Nephew Fred


Curt Columbus
Alberto Genao
Director of Photography
Amanda Downing Carney
Costume Design
Michael Rice
Music Composer
Kristen Gibbs
1st Assistant Director
Taavon Gamble
S. Michael Getz
Set Decorator/Props Master
Miguel Morillo
1st Assistant Camera Operator
Leandro Kufa Castro
2nd Assistant Camera Opertor/Translator
Steve Mclellan
Lighting Design
Peter Sasha Hurowitz
Sound Design
Michael Guy


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