No matter which of Wisconsin’s two largest cities you call home, there’s a Christmas Carol production to charm you and your family all over again. The Milwaukee Rep’s production will mark 39 consecutive years of telling Scrooge’s story with a brand-new actor in the role: Rep favorite Jonathan Smoots. The Rep’s production is celebrated for its adherence to the Charles Dickens novella on which it’s based, as well as its stunning costumes, charming carols and impressive set on the stage of the Pabst Theater. At 144 E. Wells St. Tickets range from $25 to $85 (subject to change) and can be purchased at 414-224-9490 or milwaukeerep.com.
Children’s Theater of Madison has performed its own production of Carol on and off for many years as well. Colleen Madden’s adaptation adds a narrator — portrayed by APT’s John Pribyl — who guides the audience through the Scrooge’s redemption. Now in its fourth year, this Carol is getting an extreme visual makeover, with new scenery, lighting, music and dance numbers. At 201 State St. Tickets range from $25 to $49 and can be ordered at 608-258-4141 or overturecenter.org.
Milwaukee Rep: Dec. 2– 24
Children’s Theater of Madison: Dec. 12– 23