A Christmas Carol Memories

A Christmas Carol Memories

Posted by: Gabriela Jirasek at 12/07/2012 01:16 PM

In celebration of our 35th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol we asked our patrons to send us their favorite, funniest and most heartwarming memories of the holiday classic. As always, they came through—and below is the first in a series of posts we’ll run throughout the month sharing responses. Enjoy! And send your favorite Christmas Carol memories to ENews@GoodmanTheatre.org

My parents took my sister and me to see A Christmas Carol every year growing up. As suburban kids, it was such a treat to get all dressed up and go downtown as a family. We were amazed by the actors walking around in the crowd after the show. I'll never forget those moments—or the kiddie cocktails at Petterino’s! —Christie

One year, Scrooge returned the candlestick holders to Cratchit at the end. It was a silent moment but my heart exploded from the sentiment and magic.

The first time I went, I took my son when he was three and when Jacob Marley's ghost appeared, he was out of there. For the last four years I have been taking my granddaughter who is nine and this is the first year for her little brother, who is five. We will all be accompanied by their uncle who is 22 and hopefully won't be frightened by Jacob Marley! —Andre 

My family and I have been coming to A Christmas Carol for as long as I can remember! It's honestly one of my very favorite things to do around the holidays. I get to spend time with all of my cousins and family members and have a blast! This year we are bringing a family that is struggling at this time with us to enjoy our tradition! So hopefully we will get to keep this great tradition up! —Meghan 


Did these spark a Carol memory for you? Send to ENews@GoodmanTheatre.org


  • Posted by: A.M. Day at 12/12/2012 10:53 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!
  • Posted by: John at 11/19/2013 11:29 AM
    I saw the production for the first time several years ago with two friends it was an awesome holiday experience. This December my new bride and I are coming to Chicago to see the Christmas Carol what a great new tradition that will be for both of us, we hope to bring our family back every year. It is truly a magical couple of hours.

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