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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2015

The Christmas Eve conversion of miser Ebenezer Scrooge is put to music in this 1994 adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved novella. Lyricist Lynn Ahrens (who also wrote the book, with Mike Ockrent) and composer Alan Menken have been involved in the creation of many notable musicals, but it’s unlikely that their contributions here, which have more in common with “Good King Wenceslas” than “Silent Night,” will be appearing on anybody’s caroling set list any time soon. Andrew Park’s production for Quest Theatre Ensemble is filled with cheer and goodwill, but poor traffic control on a small stage causes trouble throughout. Nick Rupard’s papier-mache puppets stand in for the children in the tale; Tiny Tim bears an unfortunate resemblance to alleged serial killer Robert Durst. —Zac Thompson


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