'What the Dickens? Another Christmas Carol,' 'A Christmas Carol' take to the stage Friday

The Christmas Carols are coming — at least two of them this weekend. St. Petersburg Little Theatre is putting a twist on the holiday classic with What the Dickens? Another Christmas Carol, the premiere of Nan Colton's play about a group of intrepid actors putting on a show in the face of some daunting drawbacks.

In some ways, the SPLT production is a case of art imitating life. Several months ago, the community theater went public with news of financial problems that threatened its existence, but with the help of a successful fundraiser and a new corporate sponsor it has survived the crisis for now. Colton's spin on A Christmas Carol has a cast of 28 and features Bill Rucker as Ebenezer Scrooge. It opens Friday and runs through Dec. 20 at the theater, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $10, $20. (727) 866-1973.

A traditional staging of A Christmas Carol starring Rick Butcher as Scrooge opens Friday and runs through Dec. 13 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $12-$16. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

'What the Dickens? Another Christmas Carol,' 'A Christmas Carol' take to the stage Friday 12/02/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 3:30am]

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