You surely know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Besides reading Charles Dicken’s holiday classic, you have probably seen this tale presented in various forms — from the Muppets’ version to Bill Murray’s or even Donald Duck’s. But if you haven’t seen ZACH Theatre‘s A Christmas Carol, you’re in for such a surprising treat. This production is a creative, upbeat, musical version that keeps you dancing in your seat throughout the entire show.

Seeing this play is something we have come to look forward to every year. In fact, A Christmas Carol is always ZACH’s most popular production — with good reason. It gives us all the happy holiday feels, fills us with joy and Christmas spirit. In a time when the shopping, planning, and stress of getting everything done on our massive “to do” lists keeps us feeling slightly “bah, humbug”, this show brings us a few hours of Christmas joy that lasts throughout the season.

What makes this production so unique is the musical numbers. The songs are mostly pop tunes that you know from the radio. (We took our seven year-old this year, and he had a hard time restraining himself from singing along to most of it.) Seeing the characters dressed in their Victorian costumes and then belt out modern songs is so fun! The songs are actually not listed in the program to add to the element of surprise and entertainment throughout the show.

You will be blown away by the talent of this cast! This group of actors, dancers and vocalists is incredible. Knowing that Austin has such top-notch local talent will have you feeling some hometown pride, for sure. At the end of one song, the entire audience rose to their feet for a standing ovation (during the show, not just at the closing bows).

This production is certainly family-friendly, but might be better suited to ages 6 and up. It runs 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission. (The youngest in our family is seven years-old, and he absolutely loved it.)

Tickets for the show sell out fast! Catch a show at 7:30 p.m. as well as weekend matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling the Box Office at 512-476-0541 x1.

*All photos by Kirk Tuck