For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton,
Office: 860-520-7114

Hartford Stage to Host 16th Annual Community Night Performance of A Christmas Carol on November 28

Hartford, CT, November 23, 2018 – Hartford Stage will host its annual Community Night Performance of A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm. The performance will be attended by approximately 495 children and adults from 22 local community organizations.

Hartford Stage has held this free performance for the past 15 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.

“This special performance kicks off the holiday season for all of us at Hartford Stage,” said Michael Stotts, Managing Director of Hartford Stage. “There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than seeing this audience smile from ear to ear as they are exiting the theatre, having marveled at the flying ghosts and been moved by the classic story. We are delighted to welcome so many young people from all over Hartford to our theatre, many for the first time.” 

Local organizations attending Hartford Stage’s Community Night Performance include: Billings Forge Community Works; 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, Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts; Lincoln Middle School; Make-A-Wish Connecticut; My Sister’s Place; 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.

A Christmas Carol


Now in our 55th season, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches close to 21,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including 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.    

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