alley theare christmas carol

Thanks to a generous donation, Houston residents will be able to enjoy Christmas cheer from the comfort of their own homes. 

A Christmas Carol is one of the most annually anticipated events of Alley Theatre’s calendar year. The nationally recognized non-profit reaches roughly 200,000 people annually and especially experiences traffic during the holidays. This wintery performance has been in the works far before the chilly weather, and its all-star cast and crew have been preparing diligently. All that being said, this tradition is showing up a little differently this year.

Originally planning to run through November 20 through December 27th, this in-person production has been canceled due to COVID. Luckily, with the help from ConocoPhillips, Alley Theatre’s show will go on — through a new way of viewing. 

“All of us at the Alley are longing to gather with you again in the theatre, especially during the holidays when togetherness and the family tradition of hearing Dickens’ story of A Christmas Carol is such an important part of how we celebrate,” said Artistic Director Rob Melrose. “At the same time, I’m very excited about the innovative way we’ve figured out to bring this heartwarming story of hope and redemption to each and every Houstonian free of charge this holiday season. Consider it a gift from the Alley and ConocoPhillips to all of Houston.”

The oil and gas company has provided the funds to put on a virtual production of this holiday favorite, providing accessibility to all who want to watch from their screens. The production will be filmed from the homes of the actors themselves, which will create an especially intimate feel. In addition, this mode of attending will offer uniquely inclusive opportunities, like Spanish and Vietnamese closed captioning. 

“This year will be the most unique and intimate production of A Christmas Carol that we have ever done. Filmed in the safety of our Resident Acting Company’s homes, our team is making this story come to life despite our current obstacles. Please celebrate the holidays with us online, share this with friends who don’t know the story, and bring a sense of our usual celebrations during these unusual times,” Melrose said.

“The socially distanced troupe brings this holiday classic to imaginative new heights. It will be A Christmas Carol like no other,” the Alley Theatre added on its website.

ConocoPhillips is a longtime supporter of Houston’s art and culture community and has been sponsoring this specific performance for the past 25 years. This year, however, their donation especially speaks volumes. During a holiday season that feels more distant than ever, this tale of community and connection is an aptly powerful story to be told. 

To attend, simply register at the Alley Theatre website and you’ll get a free viewing link to watch the show during its run from December 4-27. If you so choose, the website also offers an option to make a donation of your own. Head to Alley Theatre’s virtual platform to get in on the holiday cheer!