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A Christmas Carol

When: Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24 2016

Certain experiences are holiday constants: Every retail establishment under the sun will play carols and holiday hits over their loudspeakers, the Salvation Army bell ringers will brave the cold outside your local grocery store, and someone somewhere will put up a production of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly old man who learns the true meaning of Christmas through his encounters with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. They shine a light on how his greed affects those around him and convince him to change his ways. The story's the same, but every retelling of it offers its own unique spin. This weekend alone, you've got multiple iterations to choose from.

For a classic interpretation with high production value, look no further than TheatreWorks' rendition, adapted and directed by Murray Ross. This version presents all your favorite characters in the tried-and-true storyline, and TheatreWorks' website says it is "guaranteed to warm all hearts." They ask that you leave your little 'uns — kids younger than 5 — at home, but otherwise it's a great family show. (7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23, 2 p.m. Dec. 24, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, $36-$42/adult, $18/child, theatreworkscs.org.)

For a local take on the tale, check out Thin Air Theatre Company's A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol. Locals love this production, since it retells the events of A Christmas Carol in a setting we all know, and brings in a little of our local history to boot. Plus, you get more than just the play for your ticket. A Christmas-themed olio, which is the theater term for a collection of variety acts like song-and-dance, follows each performance. It's a nice interactive, audience-friendly way to enjoy the holiday. (7 p.m. Dec. 21-23, 1 p.m. Dec. 24, Butte Theater, 139 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $12-$18, buttetheater.com.)

Those who might be a little too "bah humbug" to enjoy a more traditional tale have another option in Funky Little Theater Company's staged reading of Timothy's Carol. This screenplay checks in with Tiny Tim as an adult when he comes back to his hometown. Turns out, in spite of those heartwarming Christmas lessons he learned as a child, he becomes a bit of an ass. (7 p.m. Dec. 23, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $6, funkylittletheater.org.)

So wherever you fall on the spectrum between Scrooge and Bob Cratchit, at least this weekend offers some kind of Christmas Carol suited to your particular level of holiday cheer.

Price: $18-$42

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