Win Tickets ($64): Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol @ The Vault Theatre | “Ghostly Little Book,” The Story Behind The Beloved Holiday Classic

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol @ The Vault Theatre on December 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, November 27.


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Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol
November 30-December 23, 2017
Thursdays – Sundays @ Various Times
$32 General, Student / Senior $27
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The Vault Theater
350 E Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon

Christmas Carol has delighted millions in a dizzying array of formats: movies, plays, musicals, cartoons, and more. But what many people do NOT know about Dickens’ “Ghostly little book” is the origin story: how did one of England’s most prolific writers ever come up with the idea for Scrooge, Cratchit, and Tiny Tim in the first place?

Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional company, is proud to present a remount of the most successful show in the company’s history this holiday season; Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol. The play, adapted by B&B’s Artistic Director Scott Palmer, asks the question, “How? How did Dickens come up with the story of A Christmas Carol?” Dickens himself takes center stage in the production, which is set in the author’s study on Christmas Eve when the characters in the story literally come to life to argue, cajole, and plead with Dickens on how best to tell the tale.

The inspiration for B&B’s treatment of A Christmas Carol comes from Dickens’ own diary entries about the novella; in his diary, Dickens writes that the idea for the story gripped him so powerfully that he “wept over it, laughed, and wept again” and, as John Forster (Dickens’ biographer) notes, “excited himself to an extraordinary degree.” Dickens says that he locked himself in his study and would not admit his friends, who could hear him inside “speaking aloud, as if to the characters in the story.”

“When I read that about Dickens, I immediately wanted to be a fly on the wall of his study,” says Scott Palmer, B&B’s Founding Artistic Director, who adapted and directs Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol. “How amazing would it have been to watch Dickens himself weeping, laughing, and carrying on as he created Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and the rest? I knew I had to try and imagine that for myself, and our audiences.”

“We describe the show as heart on a schtick,” says Palmer, who directs the production in B&B’s new home, The Vault Theater. “It is a very funny, but also very heartwarming, version of the classic tale. Having Dickens as a character in the play adds incredible new opportunities and levels to the story as well.”

Previous productions of the play were hailed by critics as “tongue-in-cheek,” “exceptional,” and “brings humor and delightful new life to scenes that have become mere wintery routine.”

Starring B&B Resident Actor Peter Schuyler as Dickens and Kymberli Colbourne as Scrooge, the production also features a cast of B&B favorites, including Andrew Beck, Jessi Walters, Jessica Geffen, Joey Copsey, and Morgan Cox. “With this stellar cast of B&B artists, this show is likely to be an instant audience favorite,” said Palmer.

Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol opens on Thursday November 30th with a “Pay What You Will” preview, with the official opening night on Friday, December 1st. Performances run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 23rd, 2017 at The Vault Theater, located at 350 E Main Street in downtown Hillsboro. Tickets and more information can be found online at or by calling the box office at 503 345 9590.

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47 Responses to Win Tickets ($64): Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol @ The Vault Theatre | “Ghostly Little Book,” The Story Behind The Beloved Holiday Classic

  1. Meghan November 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    It’s not Christmas unless you have watched A Christmas Carol at least once!

  2. Shannon Milliman November 21, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    I am intrigued by a historical context. Sounds engaging!

  3. Chris Webb November 21, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    It would be interesting to learn the backstory to the classic story!

  4. Anna November 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Every year I go to the Christmas Story in Denver with my family. This is my first year leaving in Portland so would love to continue the tradition in my new home

  5. Katie Dunkin-Moscato November 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Sounds like so much fun!

  6. Brooke November 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    oh man this would be so interesting!

  7. carly aguiar November 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    We would really love to attend this. Holidays are hard away from family. A night out to enjoy our local talent would be appreciated and welcomed. Thank you.

  8. AJ November 21, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    I love a Christmas Carol, but know nothing about how it came to be. This sounds so cool.

  9. Dave G. November 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Ripe for the pickin’s, to go see some Dickens!

  10. Deborah Lusk November 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Oh god I’d love this.

  11. Courtney November 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    My dad is obsessed with A Christmas Carol and I would love to take him to this!

  12. Ann November 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    I️ have read everything Dickens has written, several times over, including biographies of him. Would love to see this production!

  13. Kellie November 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

    What a wonderful gift this would be!

  14. Sara November 21, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    I wanna go!!!!

  15. Ernest Pittaway November 22, 2017 at 1:01 am #

    A Christmas Carol, is the beginning of a wishful holiday season, and wishing everyone a happy and joyful Christmas.

  16. Christine November 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    I would love to go and get in the mood for the holidays

  17. Robert November 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Sounds like a swell time!

  18. Natasha November 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    Want to be more Christmas festive

  19. CHRIS November 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I want to have the Christmas Spirit and this is fun

  20. Ann November 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    There is nothing more Christmas than Scrooge and the spirit’s. Would love to see this twist on a classic tale

  21. Wendy November 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to see this company and what a festive way to do it!

    • Wendy November 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

      PDXpipeline you are awesome!

  22. Mathew Trono November 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

    Considering how much of a literature nerd I am this sounds perfect.

  23. David Evans November 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    Love theater, and love Dickens. To have them combined is exciting joy.

  24. Melody Frye November 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    This sounds amazing!

  25. Danielle November 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    What a wonderful new Christmas tradition I could start by going to the show. I love this story.

  26. Pam November 22, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    We recently moved to Hillsboro and are so happy to discover Bag and Baggage theater. It would be great to see their production of the Dickens backstory.

  27. Aleks November 23, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    I love theater, pick me!

  28. panda November 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 2017

  29. kellie November 24, 2017 at 12:22 am #
  30. Lynn Elsdon November 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    OOoooooooh,….oooooh! Boo! Not all ghosts are scarey!

  31. Eddie November 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    It’d be a lot cooler if you did….and by “did”, I do mean pick me :)

  32. DK Wians November 25, 2017 at 12:28 am #

    Would love to see the Christmas Carol.

  33. Cindy Mai November 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    we love Christmas carol!

  34. Brittanie November 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    Sounds like a great Holiday tradition!

  35. Kalahulani Riley November 26, 2017 at 4:42 am #

    This looks great!

  36. Kekai Riley November 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Christmas Carole is one of my fave Christmas traditions! This sounds amazing!!!

  37. Nicole Blais November 27, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    This sounds like a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! :)

  38. Arianne Kimberly November 30, 2017 at 1:33 am #

    Would love to take my neice & nephew to this-all of us love these things this time of year!! What a joy to celebrate it in the sweetes way-storytelling!!!!

  39. Emily McAlindin November 30, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Would love to show my best friend my favorite musical!!! She has done so much for me over the years it would be the least I can do to show my endless gratitude!

  40. Kelly Weber November 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    I would love to go and get into the holiday spirit.

  41. Amanda December 3, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    This is my first year actually celebrating Christmas. I had a very rough child hood and watched others celebrate. This year my girlfriend is encouraging me to experience the holidays. I heard a Christmas Carol is part of the Christmas experience and I am excited to see

  42. Kari December 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Sounds interesting and unique, yes please❤️ jingle jingle

  43. Janet December 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

    Looking forward to the Vault Theater experience.

  44. Adelle December 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    I love theater but rarely get to go!

  45. Susan M Brodesser December 13, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    My favorite Christmas story, would love to see this-

  46. Julia G December 21, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    Making memories

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