The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with its production of Philip Wm. McKinley & Suzanne Buhrer’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, opening Friday, December 5 and running until December 21.

Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Megan Ferentinos of Cranford is the Choreographer. In this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.

The large and talented cast includes actors from all around New Jersey: Chip Prestera of Stirling, Alan Semok of Somerset, Pierson Salvador, Andrea Thibodeau and Sarah Rappoport of Westfield, Scott Baird of Upper Montclair, Samantha Kaplan of Verona, Steven Nitka of Hackettstown, Adunni Rae Charles of Maplewood, Will Carey of Glen Ridge, Adrian Rifat of New York City, Brielle Raddi of Cedar Grove, Maryann and Randy Post of Madison, Joelle Bochner and Eila Francis of Springfield, Jody and Parker Ebert of Plainfield, Alyssa Franck of Basking Ridge, Dash Green, Sasha Jacobs, Ryan Graziano and Meghan Sabin of Chatham, and Graham Helfrick of Mendham.

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A Popular Holiday Tradition This marks the 17th time that the Chatham Players has produced this show. From 1988-1995, the group produced the show every December, and it now produces the show on a biennial basis. This unique production has become a popular family tradition for many in the area – entertaining more than 32,000 audience members since 1988. Box Office Information – Online Ticketing Performance dates are December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8PM, December 7 at 7PM and December 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 3PM.

All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. The theater expects this show to sell out and encourages people to reserve their tickets early. Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. The box office will begin accepting phone reservations on November 25 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.