For Immediate Release

Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton,, 860-520-7114

Hartford Stage hosts 17th annual Community Night Performance of  A Christmas Carol on December 4 

Hartford, CT, November 11, 2019 – Hartford Stage will host its annual Community Night Performance of A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be attended by approximately 495 children and adults from 24 local community organizations.

Hartford Stage has held this free performance for the past 16 years, and it has grown into a favorite Hartford holiday tradition. The event is a joyous celebration – often introducing children and young adults to live theatre for the first time. The audience is invited to meet and mingle with the cast of the play immediately following the performance.

“Artistic Director Melia Bensussen and I are thrilled to continue bringing A Christmas Carol – Dicken’s classic story of compassion, redemption and generosity – to this community. This spirit of generosity is something that motivates and inspires us at Hartford Stage and is exemplified by our Community Night performance, where we invite many organizations doing vital work in and around Hartford to a performance,” said Cynthia Rider, Managing Director. “As we work towards making our theatre accessible to all members of our community, we welcome a multi-generational and diverse audience to this longstanding, gorgeous and heartwarming production.”

Local community organizations attending Hartford Stage’s Community Night Performance this year include: Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford and Bristol; Community Health Resources; Community Renewal Team; Dwight/Belizzi Asian Studies Academy; The Footlights Center for the Performing Arts; Grace Academy; Girls on the Run Greater Hartford; Holy Family Home and Shelter; Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts; Lincoln Middle School; Make-A-Wish Connecticut; Mary’s Place; My Sister’s Place; New Visions; Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sisters; OPMAD; Our Piece of the Pie; S.A.N.D. Elementary School; Salvation Army; South Park Inn; True Colors, Inc.; The Village for Families and Children; and YWCA New Britain.

United Technologies is the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor of A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas.


Hartford Stage enters its 56th season beginning an exciting new chapter. Newly-appointed Artistic Director Melia Bensussen and Managing Director Cynthia Rider will continue the theatre’s legacy of artistic excellence by creating theatrical works that enlighten, entertain, and educate.

Renowned for producing innovative revivals of classics, as well as provocative new plays and musicals,  Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Additional national recognition includes honors from the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing (OBIE), and the New York Critics Circle.

Hartford Stage has produced over 80 world and North American premieres, including the new musical Anastasia, which enjoyed a two-year run on Broadway; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical; and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other notable premieres include The Engagement Party by Samuel Baum; Make Believe by Bess Wohl; The Age of Innocence by Douglas McGrath; Seder by Sarah Gancher; Rear Window, adapted by Keith Reddin, and starring Kevin Bacon; An Opening in Time by Christopher Shinn; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty. Nationally-renowned titles include the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans’ Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger’s Children; and Tea at Five.The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage’s offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Education @ Hartford Stage offers student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses. Education @ Hartford Stage programming reaches approximately 21,000 Connecticut students annually.

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