12/12/2012 10:54:39 AM

  • WOW! Where to start? First, congratulations on 35 years for one of the most fantastic, family productions that just grows stronger. So many memories...Ingrid's, concessions lounge, Toblerone bars (still eat those), Altoids and some fruity, hard candy that escapes me and every kids dream, to dispense fizzy sodas from the sprayer. I am author A.M. Day today because of that life-transforming production of A Christmas Carol back in the early 80's. I knew then what I wanted to do when I grew up--write, produce and direct. My sister and other family used to work there in Concessions, back when Ingrid's was there. She let me sit in the back row that day. The wonderful William Norris stole my heart as the grumpy Scrooge. My favorite memory was...the whole show. I felt as if my seat, way in the back, had been magically transported to center front. You guys at The Goodman Theatre have no idea the impact that first show had on me and my life. It took me all these years to finish and publish the first installment of my debut series, but I did it only a few weeks ago. I don't live in Chicago anymore, but my sister and I were able to catch that glimmer of Christmas at a 2005 showing at the new spot next to Petterino's. To anyone who hasn't seen A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre, you are in for a treat. It's like part of a prerequisite in order to reach Christmas family joy! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, so much, Goodman Theatre! Thank you Mr. Norris, for sparking that writing desire deep within me and a deeper love of the holiday season!