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“Manual Cinema is talent incarnate.”
Time Out New York

Holidays & Year-Round Favorites

Manual Cinema’s
A Christmas Carol

(Cal Performances Co-commission)

Manual Cinema broadcasts holiday cheer directly to your home with this world premiere of a special live-streamed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol. The ever-inventive company that specializes in “vivacious hybrids of film and theater” (The New York Times) is creating a new production tailored for home viewing, one that’s poignantly resonant with our current lives.

An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been tasked with presenting her family’s annual Christmas Carol puppet show from the isolation of her studio apartment—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 holiday call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens’ classic ghost story. Manual Cinema’s vivid production features hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and an original music score performed live.

Livestream Dates

Thu, Dec 17–19, 2020

Note: this video will premiere on the dates above and will be available on demand until Mar 19, 2021, 11:59pm PST.

Manual Cinema’s A Christmas Carol

The Ticket Office phone lines are open during the following limited hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm.

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The pricing for individual Cal Performances at Home performances is on the honor system and is based on the number of people watching the performance.

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$15
  • One person viewing the performance

Date
Night

$30
  • Two people viewing the performance

Social
Bubble

$60
  • Four or more people viewing the performance

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Star

$60
  • Average price you would have paid to see this live*

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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.

Livestream Dates

Thu, Dec 17–19, 2020

Note: this performance will livestream on the dates above only.

Manual Cinema’s A Christmas Carol

The Ticket Office phone lines are open during the following limited hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm.

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