DETROIT (WWJ) A family tradition since 1982, “A Christmas Carol” at Meadowbrook Theatre is back for the 2012 holiday season. And lead actor Tom Mahard says it’s as fresh as ever.

“I mean it takes some discipline (to keep it fresh), but it’s again, remembering what Scrooge has gone through and how many other people there are who have unhappy things that they associate with Christmas,” Mahard said.

Mahard has been part of the cast for 27 years, four years as the title character. He will don Ebeneezer’s flannel nightshirt and stocking cap for 51 performances between Nov. 16  and Dec. 23.

Mahard said crowds throng to the show every year because it’s a timeless Christmas classic.

“I can pick out so many moments that are wonderful, obviously Tiny Tim’s gracious ‘God bless us every one,'” Mahard said.

He said he never gets tired of the story, and loves its theme of redemption.

“People coming out of the theater all the time come up to me and say ‘I wasn’t in the Christmas spirit before the show, but now I am,'” Mahard said.

Tickets are $39 for matinees, $40 for Friday and Saturday nights, with special family nights and other discounts available for specific performances. Get tickets to the show HERE.


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