“A Christmas Carol"

There’s not much I can say about “A Christmas Carol” at this point. You either know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens’ most famous miser and all-around jerk, or you don’t—and if that’s the case then bah, humbug to you, too. Since its publication in 1843, Dickens’ story of greed, redemption, holiday spirit, and three meddling ghosts has been adapted into about every form possible—I make it a priority to watch Disney’s 1983 “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” every year—but that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy a few more. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s annual rendition (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., [410] 244-8570, bsomusic.org, $19-$62), adapted by Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar, will include Baltimore twists on the classic tale, while Charm City Ballet’s performance (Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m., the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, [410] 356-7469, jcc.org/gordon-center, $18-$26) will be, well, a ballet. I for one would love to see Ebenezer Scrooge’s bad attitude set to music. (Sam Shelton)

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