“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Starts At BLT Nov. 28th

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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, an irreverent yet deeply moving take on the Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, starts this Friday, Nov. 28th at Burien Little Theatre and plays through Sunday Dec. 21st.

There will be a special appearance by The Dickens Carolers in the lobby before Friday’s opening curtain call.

Tickets are $5-$18, and can be purchased easily, safely and securely online here or by calling 206-242-5180.

Written by award winning playwright and actor Tom Mula, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol tells the story of Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save Scrooge’s soul—and redeem his own.

“Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!”

So begins the real story behind the traditional Dickens’ version. The play opens seven years after Marley’s death on Christmas Eve and he is in Hell. Jacob Marley finds himself burdened with the chains of his miserly existence on Earth as Scrooge’s business partner. An imp, Bogle, offers Marley a contract that could release him from his suffering and Marley signs without reading it. Only then does Jacob Marley discover that his only way out of Hell is to change Scrooge’s heart.

Tom Mula has been a Chicago actor, director, and playwright for more than 30 years. Mula’s novel Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol was published in 1995 by Adams Media and was a Chicago Tribune bestseller. The audio version was broadcast nationwide on NPR for six seasons; the play received the Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul. The production premiered in 1998 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre (directed by Steve Scott), was Jeff-nominated, and received an After Dark Award. Since then,Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol has been performed in hundreds of productions nationally and worldwide, including South Africa, Australia and now Burien! Currently Mr. Mula teaches in the Theatre Department at Columbia College as an Artist-in-Residence.

Burien Little Theatre and the City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department in partnership with the White Center Food Bank and the Highline Area Food Bank will hold a food drive during the entire 4-week performance run of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. You can help when you come to the performances by bringing in nonperishable food items such as:

  • Tuna fish
  • Cereal
  • Canned soups
  • Condensed milk
  • Canned meats
  • Pastas
  • Peanut butter

Donations will also be accepted on non-performance days at the main Parks office located in the Community Center.

Burien Little Theatre’s production of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is directed by M. Elizabeth Eller, a 1998 graduate of Highline High School.

The show features the acting talents of:

  • Melissa Malloy
  • John Mallory
  • Steve Scheide
  • Hannah Schnabel
  • Eric Hamlin
  • Allison Wooldridge

Community-based theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, The Burien Little Theatre (BLT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas. Burien Little Theatre’s Mission is to make every audience member’s experience a welcoming, lively and fun escape from the everyday world, beginning the moment they walk in the door, by providing high-quality, accessible and exciting theater.

BLT is a non-profit 501c3 entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations and volunteers.

Schedule for Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol:

  • November 28 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday – Open night treat – The Dickens Carolers will perform in the lobby before the show!
  • November 29 at 8:00 p.m.   Saturday
  • November 30 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • December 5 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday – $5 Buck Friday – SOLD OUT!
  • December 6 at 8:00 p.m.   Saturday
  • December 7 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • December 12 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday – LIKELY SOLD OUT!
  • December 13 at 8:00 p.m.   Saturday
  • December 14 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • December 19 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday
  • December 20 at 8:00 p.m.  Saturday
  • December 21 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee

Burien Little Theatre is located in the Burien Community Center Building, located at the northwest corner of 4th Avenue SW and SW 146th Street in Burien; address is 425 SW 144th Street (206-242-5180).

General admission:

  • $18 Fridays and Saturdays
  • $15 Sundays
  • Senior and student admission: $15
  • Five Buck Friday December 5: All seats $5, with audience members welcome to donate more

Discounts available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more; call or visit the website for additional information.

Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at THE Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person.

Show tickets may be purchased easily, safely and securely online here, or call 206-242-5180.

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