Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre announces virtual benefit production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


The Lyceum Announces: Virtual Benefit of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Arrow Rock, MO, November 2, 2020 –

The Arrow Rock Lyceum theatre will offer its beloved holiday version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, originally adapted for the stage by Lyceum Producing Artistic Director Quin Gresham in 2014, this holiday season – but with a twist.

       Gresham has created an innovative new adaptation this fall in order to present the classic in an entirely unexpected medium – digitally streaming, online. There will be two performances, December 22 and 23 at 7pm.

The show, which will be something between live theatre and a radio drama, will feature the names and faces The Lyceum audience knows and loves. “Our audience expects a lot from this annual tradition,” said Gresham. “Ryan Zirngibl, our resident technical director and scenic designer, and I have cooked up a fun and unique form of storytelling—it will be visual, it will be musical, and, happily, it won’t involve anyone logging into Zoom! I’m delighted by our sizable cast, made of Lyceum favorites from season past, present, and future.” More information on the production cast will be released at a later date.

       This production is a benefit fundraiser for the theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which relies on the generous support of businesses and individuals to further its mission to develop, enrich, and engage its audience through professional theatre. The theatre will take digital reservations through the Eventbrite platform (visit for a link to the site and additional information) with a suggested minimum donation of $10 and up. A link directing audience members to the performance will be emailed to anyone who made a reservation on the day of the show.

       Donors will have the option to enhance their virtual experience of the show by adding the purchase of three scented Fiddlehead Candles to their reservation, at $25/order (which includes shipping). These scents will correspond with particular scenes during the show and will evoke another level of holiday spirit. And of course, they may be enjoyed even after the event concludes. In order to receive the candles on time, The Lyceum suggests guests should make their purchase no later than December 5; the theatre will need to contact patrons to confirm mailing information and the candles will be shipped directly from New York.

A Christmas Carol Cancellation Announcement


A Christmas Carol Cancellation Announcement

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

We are exploring new and safe ways that we might deliver this timeless story of Christmas to our Lyceum supporters – please be sure to follow our social media accounts if you don’t already, or request to join our email mailing list, for updates.

If you have a reservation for this show and are able, please consider donating your purchase back to The Lyceum. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre, we depend on the generosity of businesses and individuals to survive, and this year is an unprecedented challenge for our industry and for us in particular. If you are unable to donate your tickets and do not wish to talk to us about other arrangements, your tickets will be automatically moved to our 2021 season.

Please note, the linked form applies to our production of A Christmas Carol only. Please complete this form even if you filled out one or more of our previous postponement forms this season.

As always, thank you for your time and for your generosity. We truly would not be here today without your support.

In loving memory of Henry J. “Hank” Waters III

We are heartbroken to report that legendary Missouri newspaperman and Lyceum hero Hank Waters passed away August 20, 2020 at the age of 90. Today we honor Mr. Waters, without whom there would be no Lyceum history.

Hank’s importance to The Lyceum cannot be overstated. Not only had he served on The Lyceum’s board of directors continuously since the 1960s, it is an indisputable fact that The Lyceum would not exist today without his steadfast refusal to let her fail and his enthusiasm for all of the ways in which she might flourish and expand. We send our love and condolences to Hank’s wife, Vicki, and his family.

Both the Columbia Missourian and Columbia Daily Tribune have published obituaries in honor of Mr. Waters. Here are links to each:
The Columbia Daily Tribune
The Columbia Missourian