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Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol

Event Type
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
wifi event
Dec 6, 2020   3:00 pm  
$15/household; Current, full-time U of I students enter promo code CAROL to reveal your price.
Bridget Lee-Calfas
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center

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 Carolpuppet 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 Both prerecorded options will be available for viewing after December 21.


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.

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