Charles’ Dickens A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play
Community Benefit Show
For accessible seating (including those with walkers) and group sales, please contact the box office at 905-304-3232
This is a community benefit show of the famous Dickens story presented as an hour-long radio play in front of a live audience. This performance is suitable for all audiences and proceeds benefit Ancaster Community Services.
Dates and Times:
December 9, 10 at 7:30 pm
December 10, 11 at 2:00 pm
*Additional fees will apply
In 1996, after more than a decade of mounting musical theatre at secondary school and for the Ancaster Arts Council, Al Croxall, Gord Conroy and Ralf Hakenberg sat on Al’s back deck one day and came up with the idea of establishing a new community theatre. In 1997 when Al retired, he devoted his time to incorporating Theatre Ancaster and became its first President.
Besides co-directing, producing, and working on many shows throughout the years, Al has been instrumental in initiating new projects for Theatre Ancaster. Al was also part of the initiation of ArtSmart, a program with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board that provided a coop experience for students in theatre. Later he reimagined Theatre Ancaster’s annual Christmas benefit and started the Christmas Radio show tradition. Most recently he became part of the leadership of the Classics Company for seniors over 55 years of age.
Al enjoys his work as the emcee of Theatre Ancaster’s Chorus. As a member of TA’ s Creative Committee he values being part of the decision-team selecting shows for the company. He sincerely hopes that going forward into the new Memorial Arts Centre that Theatre Ancaster can keep the community culture and sense of family that he, Gord and Ralf imagined when they shared their friendship on his back deck so many years ago.
After a long career in education as a teacher, school administrator and superintendent, Krys retired in 2014 and joined the Theatre Ancaster Board of Directors. Since then, she has served as Secretary and now Treasurer of the Board. With her husband she has produced several Firehall shows (Nunsense and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), main stage musicals (Chicago, Annie) and annual Christmas Radio Shows. Along with Gord Conroy and Steve Becker, she and her husband initiated the Classics program for seniors over 55, resulting in the successful sold-out presentation of South Pacific.
Theatre Ancaster has been Krys’ passion project. In the early years she performed on the main stage and now sings with Theatre Ancaster Chorus and the Classics musical program. She loves musicals but it is the joy of working with talented people, especially her husband Al, to create the magic on stage that keeps her coming back for more. In 2021 Krys was delighted to be selected for the John Nielsen award presented annually by Theatre Ancaster to the volunteer of the year for her many years of service to the company.
How can I buy tickets to a Theatre Ancaster show?
- ONLINE through the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre ticket portal
- TELEPHONE through the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre at 905-304-3232
- IN-PERSON through the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre
Where can I park at the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre?
There is parking available behind Memorial, as well as in several nearby lots within easy walking distance.
What is your refund/exchange policy?
There are no ticket refunds. Exchanges for the same production only can be made up to 24 hours prior to the performance date of your original tickets.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we offer a group discount when one individual purchases 20 or more adult tickets to the same performance. Each person in the group will receive the senior ticket price, versus the adult ticket price, for that performance.
Can I bring my infant/young child to a show without a ticket?
All children, regardless of age, require a ticket to attend a performance. To attend, children should be able to sit quietly in their own seats throughout a 2-hour performance. The student price applies to all children and students up to and including university. Please note: Not all performances are suitable for children.
Will Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre have booster seats available for children?
Yes, a limited number of booster seats will be available at the theatre, and they will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. You will not be able to reserve a booster seat.
Does the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre have a scent-free policy?
For the safety and comfort of your fellow audience members, please refrain from using perfume or scented products before coming to the theatre. Theatre Ancaster promotes a scent-free environment, as a growing number of our patrons have allergies or sensitivities to perfume and scents from laundry detergent, dryer sheets, deodorant, hairspray, hand cream, etc. Thank you for your cooperation.
Can I bring outside food or drink into the venue?
No outside food or drink is permitted at the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre. Refreshments and snacks may be purchased on site at the theatre.
Is there a coat check at Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre?
No, the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre will not have a coat check.