We asked Benjamin Hanna, the director of this season's A Christmas Carol, a few questions about his #IRTCarol story and favorite winter holiday traditions!
What has been your favorite thing about directing A Christmas Carol?
In addition to being able to share in this IRT legacy, I am thrilled to be working with an incredible ensemble of actors. It’s my hope that patrons leave filled with the spirit of the season and a renewed sense of joy in sharing their gifts!
Why is A Christmas Carol an important story to tell?
The haunting ghost story of a crooked, isolated miser turned celebrated humanitarian and philanthropist has been told across the globe for over 170 years. Now more than ever, A Christmas Carol is a story we need. Increasingly, we find it difficult to empathize with those in need and to open our hearts to those who are different from us. Our communities – diverse in age, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, religion, sexuality, culture – need the ghosts of past, present, and future to guide us.
Do you have any favorite winter holiday traditions?
My family loves to bake Norwegian treats like krumkake and lefse. Giving gifts is also a holiday tradition, especially to the little ones who eagerly await Santa on Christmas Eve. And perhaps my most treasured tradition is going sledding with my siblings and their children near our farm in Minnesota.
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