“A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol,” fun for the entire family, Dec. 17 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

Don’t bah-humbug — join the Alys Stephens Center for a family-friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of one man’s journey to the meaning of the season. 

A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas CarolRon Bourdages as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Jerry Sims as Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol."Bring the family for a joyful, fun celebration of the holiday spirit when the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center presents “A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol” on Saturday, Dec. 17. 

The original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is created by, directed by and stars beloved Alys Stephens Center staff member Jerry Sims. Join the Cratchets, Tiny Tim, all the Spirits and Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey toward redemption and enlightenment.

The show, back by popular demand, is sure to bring the Christmas spirit to everyone. Performances are set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children; the show is appropriate for all ages. Call 205-975-8858 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

"A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol" is part of the Vulcan Materials Co. Family Series. Buy four tickets to any Family Series show for $30. This offer is valid when buying tickets in this series in one purchase online at www.AlysStephens.org and is not valid with any other offers. Availability is limited. 

The Alys Stephens Center will present free Meet the Artist school shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 and at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, for hundreds of area elementary and middle school children.

The cast of “A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol” is Sims as Scrooge; Ron Bourdages as Ghost of Christmas Past/Charity Man/Dickens; J. Heath Mixon as Bob Cratchet/Fezziwig; Darell Revel as Marley’s Ghost/Charity Man/Old Joe; Holly Croney Dikeman as Mrs. Cratchet/Ghost of Christmas Present; Linsey Culver as Millie/Mrs. Dilber; Jessica Holdnak as Martha Cratchet/Belle/Fanny; Nathan Merritt as Fred/Dick Wilkens/Ghost of Christmas Future; Chance Novalis as Peter Cratchet/Young Scrooge/Topper; and Marek Mangina as Tiny Tim. 

Set and costume design is by Ed and Mary Gurney, with stage management by Mindy Egan and technical direction by Dana Pharo.

  • December 17