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A tale of two 'Christmas Carols'

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We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his spooky visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

But two different performances of "A Christmas Carol" opening Thursday, Dec. 12 give theatergoers an opportunity to see the classic performance in a completely new light.

One version is a tongue-in-cheek dinner show for the entire family, while the other is a nod to the 1951 film starring Alastair Sim.

"A Christmas Carol: The Whole Story"
Billed as a "seasonal comedy for the whole family," this dinner theater performance offers a farcical, slapstick version of the classic Dickensian tale. Written by René J.F. Piazza and directed by Andrew Hebert, the story starts with Ebenezer Scrooge but adds fairy tale stalwarts like Hansel and Gretel, a hungry wolf, an angry witch and even Cinderella. The performances will span two nights. This is a dinner theater performance; it will be served 30 minutes prior to the show. Click here for more information. This is a Closed Door Entertainment production.

When: Thursday-Friday, Dec. 12-13, 7 p.m.
Where: Abba’s House Theater, 5208 Hixson Pike
How much: $22 for adults, $17 for children younger than 12

Dark Princess Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol"
Dark Princess Theatre is not your average theater company, and this will certainly not be your average version of  "A Christmas Carol." Two performances will take place at the Barking Legs Theater this week, with a premovie followed by a live performance. This new theater company was founded by Hope Holloway and Marcu Patrick Ellsworth. They plan future performances wrapped around classic horror movies. Thursday’s performance will be the only performance of the show.

When: Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $10

Dark Princess Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" at Barking Legs Theater Thursday, Dec. 12. (Photo: Cline Photography LLC)
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