Make a Day of It: A Christmas Carol by Portland Playhouse (shows through December 30th!)

– photo credit to Brud Giles

Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is Portland Playhouse’s performance of A Christmas Carol!

First the running:

The Portland Playhouse is actually located in the Alberta District of Portland, just east of MLK on Prescott (I highly recommend you read the story of how the Playhouse came to be). It is currently in the middle of a major, and much-needed, renovation, so their shows are being held off-site until the work is complete. This year’s production of A Christmas Carol is held at the Hampton Opera Center (right at the eastern base of the Tilikum Bridge).

This location will have you exclaiming “God bless us everyone”, as you can get in as many miles as you want. Head over the Tillikum and back for a fun and quick jaunt, or use it as an access point for the northern Waterfront Loop or the southern Sellwood Loop. Or hit the Springwater Trail access point just around the corner from the theater and expand your mileage even more. The possibilities are endless.

More about the show:

We saw this play in 2015 and were mesmerized by it and we can’t wait to check it out again this year! And we haven’t been the only ones to enjoy this show. Portland Playhouse’s version is intimate, powerful, and award-winning – taking home honors for best play production, ensemble, and director in year’s passed.

The Willamette Week reviewed last year’s show like this:

You don’t expect the traditionalist version of an extremely familiar play to be mind-blowing. But Portland Playhouse leverages the well-trodden script to show off some arty production values that are actually very cool. Marley’s ghost (Todd Van Voris) arises from an eerily lit sub-stage stairwell, and several other actors join in with his lines to create one giant, dissonant voice. The Ghost of Christmas Future (played by multiple actors) looks like a shadow-puppet Babadook with the help of a large sheet of fabric and some candles. Both the sound effects and music are played live, and the actors convincingly switch from one role to another, sometimes without changing costume or even their position on the stage.

Todd Van Voris is taking over as Scrooge in this year’s showcase, and absolutely delivers the humbug. This is definitely a fantastic and traditional take on this Christmas staple.

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Remaining 2017 Event Dates:

  • December 6-30, 2017


Cost: Purchase tickets here:

  • Tuesday – Sunday: $34 – $59
  • Under 35: $25
About Matt Rasmussen (1599 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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