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Raue Center’s ‘A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Pantomime’ returns for extended run

‘It is perfect for building a tradition with your family because everyone participates, and it’s fun for all ages,’ Raue executive director says

The Raue Center’s School for the Arts is reviving “A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Pantomime” this year with an extended run after a “wildly successful production” in 2018.

“[The show] is perfect for building a tradition with your family because everyone participates, and it’s fun for all ages,” Executive Director Richard Kuranda said in a statement.

Interactive, fun and family-friendly, the show is a co-production between Raue Center and the Raue Center School for the Arts. It will run from Dec. 4 to 12, featuring 55 youth actors and seven adult professional actors, along with a full band and a production staff that includes Raue Center School for the Arts students working backstage, according to a news release.

The Raue Center’s School for the Arts students spend two weeks honing their musical theater skills and learning about what goes into creating a show, according to the release.

“Our students are getting the opportunity to hone their musical theater skills alongside some of the best in the business and put it into practice for an audience by participating in a professional show, with the full resources of Raue Center backing them up,” School for the Arts Program Manager Amanda Flahive said in a statement.

Tickets are $25 and can be bought online at rauecenter.org or via the box office at 815-356-9212 or at 26 N. Williams St. in downtown Crystal Lake. Tickets for students 18 and younger are $7 and can be bought via the box office.