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It’s “No Humbug” this holiday season.

The Titan Theatre Company will present a 13-performance run of “A Christmas Carol” at Queens Theatre from Friday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $16, but QNS readers can get $2 discounts by purchasing tickets with the promo code “ITSINQUEENS16.”

As to be expected, the time-honored Charles Dickens play starts in Victorian England, where the miserly, soulless Ebenezer Scrooge has no holiday spirit and no sympathy for those less fortunate than he. But after confronting the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come, the antagonist transforms into the protagonist in an uplifting burst of redemption, forgiveness and altruism.

Woodside-based Titan, which is currently in its third year as the artist-in-residence troupe at Queens Theatre, strives to breathe new life and clarity into classical dramas, especially those by Shakespeare, through visceral, ensemble-driven productions.

Thus, this version of “A Christmas Carol,” whose score was adapted by Emily Trask and Titan co-founder Lenny Banovez, features striking music and a fast-paced, powerful dialogue designed to pique the senses.

And that’s only part of the story. Those who really love the play can catch a completely different cast, score, and dynamic at Bayside’s Queensborough Performing Arts Center, where the North Country Center for the Arts’s National Touring Company will present its version of “A Christmas Carol” tonight (Friday, Dec. 9) at 7 p.m.

This high-energy version bursts on stage with special effects, overflowing music, laughter, scary ghosts and an extremely grumpy Scrooge.

Photos courtesy of Titan Theatre Company

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