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Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol

In this world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic with a visually and musically inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home.

An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her Chicago apartment, she reconstructs his annual A Christmas Carol puppet show—over a Zoom call while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning, cinematic adaptation of Dickens’ classic ghost story. Performed live and streamed live from their Chicago studio, Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol features hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and a live, original musical score. Be sure to catch this company whose No Blue Memories—The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks captivated Krannert Center audiences in 2018.

Recommended for all ages.

This event will last approximately one hour.

UI Students enter promo code CAROL to reveal your price.

Tickets for Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol with either closed captioning or audio descriptions are available for purchase at https://go.krannertcenter.com/manualcinema-2020-12-9. Both prerecorded options will be available for viewing starting on Wednesday, December 9.

Following the 3pm performance on Sunday, December 6, please join us for Manual Cinema Puppet Time, a short, behind-the-scenes experience that will highlight the innovative artistry of Manual Cinema’s puppets and props.

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

If you believe in the life-affirming experiences that Krannert Center and the performing arts at Illinois make possible, please make a gift: advancement@krannertcenter.illinois.edu, KrannertCenter.com/Give, or faa.illinois.edu/giving. During the COVID-19 pandemic and associated program cancellations, your support can ensure the Center’s ongoing stability.

Event Details

Sa Dec 05, 2020 - 3:00pm CT
Sa Dec 05, 2020 - 7:00pm CT
Su Dec 06, 2020 - 3:00pm CT
Su Dec 06, 2020 - 6:00pm CT
$15/household; UI Students enter promo code CAROL to reveal your price Access to the event will be delivered to your email address 60 minutes before the event start time. If you are purchasing a ticket less than hour before an event, the email with the event link will be sent within five minutes of submitting your ticket order. Please note the events on Dec 5 and 6 will be livestreamed and only available for viewing at the time of the event. Tickets for Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol with either closed captioning or audio descriptions are available for purchase at https://go.krannertcenter.com/manualcinema-2020-12-9. Both prerecorded options will be available for viewing after Dec 21.