You know the story. Miser gets visited by conveniently holiday-themed ghosts; heartwarming stuff ensues. But if you’re looking and listening, over-familiarity hasn’t dimmed the power of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, presented this month in a special stage adaptation by the Wild Swan Theater. The story of the redemption of heartless Ebenezer Scrooge still connects over a century later because the miser is never portrayed as a cartoon — and in fact the essence of his story is that he learns he was never heartless at all. Dickens could be sentimental, but he was no sentimentalist, and A Christmas Carol is filled with his peerless eye for detail and his big-hearted love of humanity and our rituals. This production was adapted by Jeff Duncan for Wild Swan, with original music by Tom Schnauber. Even if you think you’re tired of the story, your kids won’t be — and if you pay attention, you’ll see things you never saw before.
$12 adults, $8 kids. Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, December 9. Thu-Fri 10am & 12:30pm; Sun 2pm & 4pm.
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College. 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-995-0530. www.wildswantheater.org. —MD