Following up on their smash 2019 presentation at Middlebury, the interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” with a visually inventive adaptation made for the screen. This production draws on hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and an original score to create an imaginative reinvention of a cherished holiday tradition.
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series will present this streaming-only event December 9–11, with free streaming tickets available to all. Watch from home and create your own holiday memories!
In this version, avowed holiday skeptic Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her studio apartment, she reconstructs his annual 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’s classic ghost story.
The Middlebury Performing Art Series’ free virtual presentation of Manual Cinema’s “A Christmas Carol” will begin on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m., and will be available for viewing through Sunday, December 11. Attendees should register in advance for free streaming tickets. For tickets or information click here.