DENVER (CBS4) – “A Christmas Carol” is a tradition for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, but this year audiences get something a little new. The musical is the ultimate story of Christmas redemption, and this version comes almost directly from the original story by Charles Dickens.

2015 production of "A Christmas Carol" (credit: DCPA)

2015 production of “A Christmas Carol” (credit: DCPA)

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Director Melissa Rain Anderson is taking on the Denver production for the first time. She told CBS4 that she’s really focused on the psychological journey that Scrooge goes through, and the process of undoing his anger and pain. She hopes the audience picks up on the subtleties of the performance.

“I hope that they walk away with a greater sense of community, a greater sense of their own heart and openness, and a great sense of connection between ourselves and the other humans around us,” Rain Anderson said.

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Sam Gregory playing "Scrooge". (credit: DCPA)

Sam Gregory playing “Scrooge”. (credit: DCPA)

Sam Gregory makes his debut this year as Ebenezer Scrooge, the iconic character who goes through the ultimate transformation from grumpy old man to good guy. Gregory told CBS4 that playing Scrooge is the best Christmas gift because he gets to play that transformation every day and he hopes some of it rubs off on the audience.

“I hope that the audience takes away the fact that no one is irredeemable. That the very worst person, most miserable, unhappy person that you might cross the street to avoid, can become a better person. And Scrooge is there to teach us that lesson,” Gregory said.

(credit: DCPA)

(credit: DCPA)

“A Christmas Carol” runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24 at the Stage Theatre at the DCPA.

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