Friday, December 11, 2020, 8 PM EST
Sunday, December 13, 2020, 4 PM EST

Online Event

$15 individual tickets
Free for Virginia Tech students

Please note: a recording will not be available to ticketholders after the live event.

"...captivating visuals. No matter where you look, you'll find beauty and intrigue." 
—Chicago Sun-Times

Experience an unforgettable take on the most famous holiday tale of all time, told through the colorful and creative lens of innovative puppet company Manual Cinema. The Moss Arts Center is co-commissioning Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol, a livestreaming adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic created specifically for the 2020 holiday season. In signature Manual Cinema fashion, hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, and silhouettes come together with a live original score to imaginatively reinvent this cherished holiday classic.

Created for audiences of all ages, each show will be livestreamed from Manual Cinema's Chicago studio directly to your home.

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 confined apart. 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.

This is the center's second time presenting Manual Cinema, having welcomed the company to the Fife Theatre in 2018 for Ada/Ava.

The Emmy Award-winning performance collective, design studio, and film and video production company brings liveliness, ingenuity, and theatricality as it combines handmade shadow puppetry, film, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.

As co-commissioner, the Moss Arts Center joins commissioning partners Writers Theatre (Chicago, Illinois); Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California); COCA—Center of Creative Arts (St. Louis, Missouri); College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (Collegeville, Minnesota); Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, Illinois); Millersville University—the Ware and Winters Center (Lancaster, Pennsylvania); Stanford Live (Stanford, California); and Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College (Easton, Pennsylvania). Substantial in-kind commissioning support comes from Marquee TV.

Reopening Update

The health and wellness of our community is our top priority, and you can be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep you and our staff safe and healthy. Find more information about our reopening plans here.


As you enjoy this season’s acclaimed artists on our virtual stage, please consider supporting the Moss Arts Center to help us continue to stand strong as your home for the arts.   

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