Arts preview: "A Christmas Carol"

Jim Fischer

This little-known, rarely performed work is based on a novel by Victorian-era English writer Charles Dickens. It chronicles the transformation of a cold-hearted and wretched miser into a cheerful and generous man of the people after being visited by three spirits in dreams on Christmas Eve night that show him the error of his ways.

Its messages of hope, goodwill, friendship and redemption, not to mention its holiday setting, make the heartwarming story an ideal Christmastime tale.

Columbus Civic Theatre's production wraps this weekend.

Columbus Civic Theater

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 15-17, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18

3837 Indianola Ave., Clintonville