by Jen Childs
music by Monica Stephenson
May not be suitable for children under the age of 14
It's Christmastime in the small town of Picatinny, NJ during World War II and the local VFW is empty. The community waits for their loved ones to return from foreign battlefields and no one is particularly interested in the Hall's annual performance of A Christmas Carol. Enter a trio of sisters and their post-war dreams, their curmudgeonly landlady with a pre-war past, and a silent pianist, and the show, such as it is, must go on. This quintet is joined by an itinerant Jewish comedian, out on his own and looking for work after a Catskills bust. With no audience to perform for except themselves, this mall group of holiday orphans craft A Christmas Carol all their own, rewriting and unraveling Dickens' classic tale, as they bring their own stories of hope lost and found to the stage.