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More than a century ago, Charles Dickens penned what is now a classic tale for the holidays: "A Christmas Carol." The tale is once again coming to life in a way even Dickens couldn't have imagined when the Nebraska Theatre Caravan makes its third appearance at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton at the end of November.

"A Christmas Carol" will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

The national touring production was first adapted for stage in 1979 when it began a small tour in the Midwest. After critically acclaimed success, the production quickly grew and now performs all over the United States with 28 performers, more than 100 costumes and a set that recreates London in the 1880s.

"'A Christmas Carol' is a large undertaking for CMC," commented Ashley Dillow, marketing director. "We work for multiple days ahead of time to prepare. We have to bring in numerous stage crew for the show, and they work all day long building the set, preparing costumes and setting the special effects. The entire production is absolutely the closest thing to a Broadway production you can see without having to go all the way to New York. This is our community's chance to celebrate the holiday spirit with an enormous, breathtaking show unlike anything they have ever seen."

"A Christmas Carol" has played to a sold-out crowd since the Princeton debut in December 2010.

Tickets for this year's show are still available and can be purchased online at www.ChuckMathenaCenter.org or call the box office at 304-425-5128.