"As a regional theatre guy who’s now running a performing arts center, booking touring shows instead of creating them, I am grateful to have the opportunity to stage A Christmas Carol each year – I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. Working on the show puts everyone in such a cheerful frame of mind, and the story itself is so powerful and timeless. What’s most rewarding to me is discovering anew the power of a live theatrical performance – sitting in the audience during moments of tension in the story, when there are 2,000 people in the room and yet you could hear a pin drop. At the end of the play even the most cynical people in the audience can have a tear in their eye. For something that I’ve created to make the holiday spirit come alive in so many people is a powerful thing."
Photo: Dan Dionne
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Worcester, New England’s second largest city, is recognized by Pollstar as one of the Top 50 Theatres in the World. After undergoing many name changes and renovations over the decades since its 1926 birth, The Hanover Theatre reopened in March 2008 following a $32 million historic restoration. Since then, the theatre has established its place as a rich entertainment and cultural venue, and continues to expose over 170,000 annual patrons to world–class entertainment in the form of Broadway, concerts, comedians and much more. The theatre is also home to the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, the largest theatre pipe organ in New England, which has become an integral part in The Hanover Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Now entering its fifth year, The Hanover Theatre has won numerous awards, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2010.
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