Manual Cinema Creates A Whole New Christmas Carol


PHOTO: Drew Dir | South Pasadena News | Manual Cinema's A Christmas Carol

The incredible interdisciplinary performance collective, Manual Cinema, has created an innovative and absolutely delightful version of A Christmas Carol! The Chicago group invites you into their studios via Zoom for an evening full of hundreds of paper puppets, shadow effects and original live music.

PHOTO: Drew Dir | South Pasadena News | Mr. Scrooge meets the ghost of Christmas present.

It’s Christmas Eve and the family Christmas curmudgeon, Aunt Trudy, has been asked to entertain her family on Zoom during quarantine. As the evening progresses, the puppets take on a life of their own and we are swept away into the story of Scrooge and the night of ghost visitations. We’ve all seen the story, and well, it’s a classic for a reason. It just works. But here, it’s told in such a creative, simple and magical way, one experiences it anew. The paper puppets are truly extraordinary, operated with several wires, the movements are uncanny. There is a beauty in their simplicity and intricacy.

The Soraya presents this world premiere for six performance December 11 – 13 that broadcasts directly into your home. Each show is performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner and is live-streamed to audiences of The Soraya via MarqueeTV.

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PHOTO: Drew Dir | South Pasadena News | Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol

For tickets and information please visit A pass for the show is $20.00; performances are Friday, December 11 at 5PM & 7PM; Saturday, December 12 at 1PM & 5PM; and Sunday, December 13 at 1PM & 4PM. In addition, a backstage tour is available on Sunday, December 13 following the 4PM performance with The Soraya membership; membership levels begin at $120.00 and are available at