It’s Christmastime in the city! And if you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for a great way to experience it with your family. Plus – major bonus points go to anything inexpensive and kid-friendly. I’m happy to report that I’ve found another activity to add to my Center City Holiday List!
This year marks the 16th annual production of this classic. It’s written and directed by Walnut veteran Bill Van Horn who comments that, “We’re thrilled to give audiences a refreshed take on Dickens’ classic tale that draws almost completely from the original text. We look forward to introducing a new generation of families to this timeless classic.”
It’s the appeal to that classical element that differentiates Walnut’s production from the Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, and other mainstream characters our children may be used to hearing this story from (well, at least mine were 😉 ).
Appeals to the Show:
I found it really interesting how this production utilizes the authentic Victorian-era language. For that reason, I think it’s great for older elementary, middle school, and even older students. It can often be difficult for students to visualize a text with older linguistic twists, so the opportunity to see it live from real sources (as opposed to a screen) is incredibly helpful. It can also cement their learning and understanding of the language more. That’s a major appeal of theater. Plus, it’s just fun!
A primary reason I return to the Walnut Street Theatre is production quality. The actors are always top-knotch, and this show doesn’t disappoint. The effects and music help keep kids engaged. Naturally, Tiny Tim makes every parent want to tear up, and there’s a collective relief when Scrooge’s “Bah Humbug!” attitude turns to genuine appreciation for the meaning of Christmas. There’s a fair amount of suspense as characters like Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Future grace the stage. The costumes definitely have some fearsome appeal. Older kids will eat it up!
An additional positive element of this production is the running time. A Christmas Carol is part of WST for Kids series. This means that the run time is about an hour. It’s substantial enough to be worth the trip, but not so long that the kids are lost. Tickets are also a steal for live theater – coming in at about $15-18.
More at the Walnut:
The Walnut Street Theatre is dedicated to bringing the arts to youth. Educators attending with students can even download a study guide for the production for use in the classroom.
The WST for Kids Series continues throughout the year. Enjoy R.L Stine’s Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium in February, Pinkalicious: The Musical in March-April, and Fly Guy: The Musical in May-June.
And Matilda: The Musical is running through January 6th. This one was absolutely EXCELLENT! My kids loved it, and continue to sing the songs daily since seeing it in November. I highly recommend this one for adult and kids!
Suggested Enhancement to Your Trip:
So add a trip to the Walnut this holiday season and enjoy! To immerse yourself even more in Dickens land after the show, head over to Macy’s for a stroll through the Dickens’ Village!