Tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, the Racine Theatre Guild will open the lively musical retelling of a holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.”

Running through Sunday, Dec. 17, the show is filled with festive songs and dance numbers as the story perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas.

The musical transports the audience into Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser whose only motivation is money and wealth.

On Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts who help show him what really matter in life: charity, family and love.

With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, it is the perfect treat for young and old.

The Guild’s production has a cast of 38 actors and actresses including: Bob Benson, Philip Evreniadis, Jenna Zeihen, Davidson Kane, Barbi McGuire, Peter Jones, Ellie Hammond, Leah Starks, Bella Niederer, Isabel Young, Charlie Cimbalnik, Frank Russ, Lauren Haumersen, Zachariah Preiwisch, Jay Rattle, Mark Geisler, Kathy Berg, Lauren Lamoreaux, Paul Marquez, Loghan Simonsen, Dedrick Woods, Marcus Sorenson, Betty Petersen, Anna Fabian, Zoe Gosey, Meghan Flynn, Alex Neuens, Abigail Lamoreaux, Katelyn Christensen, Fallon Duncan, Keira Hassler, Maeden Hillery, Evelyn Kane, Miriam Lamoreaux, Rebekah Lamoreaux, Karen Magee, Vanetta Powell and Alaina Prochniak.

Crew members have also been on hand, constructing the set, building costumes, working backstage and organizing the production. Douglas Instenes, director; Greg Berg, music director; Kara Ernst-Schalk, choreographer; Chris Reinhardt, set designer; and Ginny Mueller, production stage manager, are supported by a fantastic crew. Eric Guttenberg, Rose Bliss, Jeff Hansen, Sharon Molina, Cynthy McCrory, Mary Jo Maheras, Jeanne Christensen, Kori Hassler, Jill Dickert, Jodi Gement, Lisa Niederer, Eric Goodwin, Jim Rasmussen, John Whyte, Colleen Whyte, Marjorie Eckblad and Jo Nissen have all worked to create the merry production.

In addition, the Union Grove High School Carolers are scheduled to perform festive, traditional carols prior to select performances. On Friday, Dec. 1; Saturday, Dec, 9, and Friday, Dec. 15, the Carolers will greet the audience with beautiful music.

“A Christmas Carol” is sponsored by SC Johnson and the National Endowment for the Arts and runs weekends Dec. 1 to 17. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be an additional 2 p.m. shows on Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16 and an extra 7 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students. Further savings are offered to groups of 12 or more.

‘80 Years of Song’

The Racine Theatre Guild’s newest series, Signature Spotlight, continues on with two concerts Sunday, Dec. 31 with “80 Years of Song.” RTG has produced some of the most loved and well known musicals since its inception in 1938. Travel through our 80-year history with familiar faces and famous songs as we pay homage to our beloved theater.

The matinee concert will take place at 2 p.m. with tickets at $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Then, a special new year’s celebration will accompany the second concert at 9 p.m. with champagne, sparkling juice, light hor d’oeuvres, party hats and music and dancing onstage to ring in the new year. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased from RTG located at 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine. Call 262-633-4218, visit www.racinetheatre.org, or stop by the box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance for tickets.

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