They arrived wreathed in smiles. They sang carols and crossed
More than 150 children vied for the coveted roles of Tiny Tim
and assorted waifs in the Goodman Theatre's 34th production of "A
Christmas Carol." Larry Yando reprises his role as Scrooge in the
Dickens classic about a miser haunted by four ghosts on Christmas
As is tradition, parents were barred from auditions so kids
could relax. That's not to say tykes lack adult supervision. Sssh.
It's a trade secret, but the actors cast as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit
are typically real-life parents with a gift for putting children at
ease. By opening night, the Cratchits are a family.
"Acting with kids is not the easiest thing in the world,"
director Steve Scott says. "We try to find actors who enjoy that,
and enjoy being around kids, and usually have their own
Joy is a hallmark of the Yule sugarplum, running through Dec. 31
at the Chicago theater.
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