Manual Cinema’s 
Christmas Carol

Virtual Holiday Performance

Manual Cinema’s “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.

Virtual Holiday Performance

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Written by the Manual Cinema Artistic Directors
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Runtime: One hour
Suggested for ages 5+

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 inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home. 

Performed live in Chicago and presented by a live stream, Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol will be told with hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and a live original score in an imaginative re-invention of a cherished holiday tradition.

An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her studio apartment, she reconstructs his annual Christmas Carol puppet 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. 

Ticket Information

$20 per household

Ticket purchasers will receive a Livestream link 24 hours prior to the performance. Please consider testing the link prior to showtime.

Please purchase tickets early; ticket sales will conclude 30 minutes prior to each performance's showtime.

     •   Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. - ticket sales will end at 7:30 p.m. 

     •   Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m. - ticket sales will end at 3:30 p.m. 

     •   Thursday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. - ticket sales will end at 7:30 p.m. 

Sponsored in part by:
Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate
  • Martha and Alan Barrick

Buy tickets for the performance. Sales conclude 30 minutes prior to each performance.


Lizi Breit (Puppeteer)
Sarah Fornace (Puppeteer)
Ben Kauffman (Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals)
N. LaQuis Harkin (Aunt Trudy/Puppeteer)
Julia Miller (Puppeteer)
Kyle Vegter (Cello, Keys, Vocals)


Storyboards: Drew Dir
Original Music and Sound Design: Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
Puppet Design: Drew Dir with Lizi Breit
Puppet Build Assistants: Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller
Set Design: Julia Miller and Kyle Vegter
Costume Design: Julia Miller
Technical Director and Sound Engineer: Mike Usrey
Stage Manager: Shelby Sparkles
Streaming and UX: Ben Kauffman

Weis Center for the Performing Arts


525 Weis Drive