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Presented by Jay Franke and David Herro

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted & Directed by Mark Clements

November 30 — December 24, 2021

Pabst Theater

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 8 minutes with one intermission
Recommended Age: 6 and up

Milwaukee’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

Make up for lost time with family and friends this holiday season as our full ensemble production joyfully returns to the historic Pabst Theater. A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known and loved stories in the English language. During the course of one memorable Christmas Eve the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future help Scrooge discover it is never too late to change his miserly ways. Enchanting music, dance, costumes, scenery and special effects will once again fill the theater to tell this timeless tale of love, hope and redemption. Featuring Lee E. Ernst as Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s the perfect way for audiences of all ages to celebrate the season!

"Through its dedication to this holiday tradition, Milwaukee Rep creates a Christmas Carol that feels like coming home – warm and inviting, familiar and expected." – BroadwayWorld

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Executive Producers
Molly & Tom Duffey

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Lee E. Ernst *
Ebenezer Scrooge
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Mark Clements
Adaptor and Director
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Dan Kazemi
Music Director/Conductor
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Lee E. Ernst *
Ebenezer Scrooge
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Mark Clements
Adaptor and Director

Mark is an award-winning international theater director whose work has appeared in over 100 major theaters throughout Europe and the United States. He began his tenure as Artistic Director with the 2010/11 Season by bringing musicals to the mainstage, starting a tradition that is now the highlight of every season, including Cabaret, Next to Normal, Assassins, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights and West Side Story. Milwaukee Rep directing credits include the world premieres of One House Over, his own adaptation of the current A Christmas CarolFive Presidents and American Song. Also directed for Milwaukee Rep: Things I Know To Be True (American Premiere), JunkThe Glass Menagerie,Of Mice and MenOthello, Death of a SalesmanThe History of InvulnerabilityEnd of the RainbowClybourne Park and Bombshells. Some of his New York and international work includes Speaking in Tongues, The Milliner and Blunt Speaking, in addition to creating and directing the West End and UK National Tour of Soul Train. Prior to joining Milwaukee Rep, Mark served as an Associate Artistic Director for several UK theater companies, most notably, Artistic Director for the award-winning Derby Playhouse in the UK from 1992-2002, where he directed over 40 productions. He has been nominated for an Olivier Award and several UK Theatre Awards, and has won three Barrymore Awards from his time at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys. Mark is currently working with Ayad Akhtar on adapting his critically acclaimed novel American Dervish for the stage to make its world premiere at Milwaukee Rep in an upcoming season.

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Dan Kazemi
Music Director/Conductor

Scenic Designer

Todd Edward Ivins

Costume Designer

Alexander B. Tecoma

Lighting Designer

Jeff Nellis

Sound Designer

Barry G. Funderburg

Original Music Score, Music Arranger

John Tanner

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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