If anything in literature deserves to be called a durable property, it's "A Christmas Carol." Charles Dickens's story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his moral transformation at the hands of three Christmas Ghosts was published in 1843 and has never been out of print. It has been a constant holiday presence in movies, radio, recordings ... and, perhaps best of all, in the theater, a very appropriate place to experience moral transformation.
Geva Theatre Center's lavish productions of "A Christmas Carol" always feature large casts with many local actors and children, period costumes, and original music. It has become a Christmas tradition for many Rochesterians, who wouldn't let the holiday pass by without seeing it. For its current production, Geva is bringing back many favorite actors in the leading roles: Guy Paul as Scrooge, Jim Poulos as Bob Cratchit, Melissa Rain Anderson as Mrs. Cratchit, and Remi Sandri as Jacob Marley's Ghost. Geva's artistic director Mark Cuddy adapted the script, and Gregg Coffin wrote the original songs.
Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Boulevard) presents "A Christmas Carol," on Wednesday, November 26, through Tuesday, December 2 (previews), and Wednesday, December 3, through Saturday, December 27. Tickets begin at $25. Call or go online for specific times. 232-4382, gevatheatre.org.