a scene from "A Christmas Carol" by Virgina Repertory Theatre

Virginia Repertory Theatre’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” will be presented in two performances on Friday, Dec. 1, at Stephen F. Austin State University as part of the College of Fine Arts’ Children’s Performing Arts Series.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, Virginia Repertory’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is particularly suited to children, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children’s series.

“Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas, transforming him into a kinder, gentler man,” Peterson said. “All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences.”

“A Christmas Carol” is the heartwarming story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a greedy, heartless miser to a generous, loving man. Three ghostly visits – from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future – leave an indelible impression on Ebenezer. Filled with love and the true spirit of the Christmas season, he begins to change his selfish ways and open his heart to those around him.

The musical targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. A study guide can be accessed at http://va-rep.org/tour/guides/carol.pdf.

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on show dates in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

Other upcoming children’s shows presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts include “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” on Thursday, Feb. 1; Super Scientific Circus on Wednesday, March 7; and “The Ugly Duckling” on Friday, April 27.

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu/ for additional information.