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New costumes, new stage magic effects, redesigned ghosts, and a new set bring a fresh look and feel to Theater Works’ holiday tradition of Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunting story of redemption, compassion, and ultimately kindness. One fact remains unchanged: “A Christmas Carol” is still a wonderful holiday tradition.

Valley favorite and Stray Cat Theater Associate Artistic Director Louis Farber will take on the role of Scrooge. His previous credits locally include “Hand to God” (The Phoenix Theatre Company/Stray Cat Theatre), “Small Mouth Sounds,” “The Antipodes,” “The Flick, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (Stray Cat Theatre), “Reservoir Dogs” (All Puppet Players), and “A Vampire Tale” (Scorpius Dance Theatre), among others.

“Just saying the name, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ brings to mind wonderful, warm, and comforting celebrations of the coming season,” says Theater Works Executive Director Chris Hamby. “With the new look and feel of this production, we know we’ll be creating new memories for families across the Valley.”

Through extraordinary visuals, gorgeous costumes, and eye-popping effects, the production’s story of generosity’s triumph over greed will come to life as Scrooge faces a life-changing choice that could be his greatest savior or his gruesome demise.

“A Christmas Carol” will be performed from Dec. 2 to 24 in the Gyder Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr.

Directed by Hamby and with costume design by Landis York and scenic design by Dori Brown, “A Christmas Carol” features Angel Lopez as Charles Dickens, Ken Bailes as Bob Cratchit, Kaitlyn Johnson as Mrs. Cratchit, and Jude Moore as Tiny Tim. Ticket prices range from $40 to $48 and can be purchased at the Theater Works Box Office 623-815-7930 or visit