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A Christmas Tradition in Kansas City

December 17, 2012

Recently, I made a trip to Kansas City to check out a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Most people equate the holidays in Kansas City with the famous Plaza Lights, but for 32 of the last 33 years, the Repertory Theatre – or just The Rep – has delighted audiences with its annual retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. The show is a holiday tradition for both Kansas City residents and visitors alike.

From A Christmas Carol

Bob Cratchit and his family toast Ebenezer Scrooge in this scene from “A Christmas Carol.”

Charles Fugate has been involved with the show for five years and currently serves as narrator in the role of Dickens. He counts himself among those who identify with the tradition surrounding the show.

“When I moved to Kansas City in the 1990s, I began coming to see this production, and then eventually began coming to see it every year,” Fugate says. “I think one of the things we are doing so very well in this production is telling the story with the immediacy that Charles Dickens wanted it to have and the message he wanted to land when he wrote it in 1843.”

While you will be able to get a taste of what the show has to offer with this video, you can’t fully appreciate the spectacle director Kyle Hatley and company have put together until you see it, in person, for yourself.

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 26 at the Spencer Theatre on the campus of the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

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Written by Ben Yarnell, new media specialist at the Missouri Division of Tourism.

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