Zach Theatre Cancels Remaining Performances of A Christmas Carol

Omicron surge means show will not return after initial cancelation

Marc Pouhé (l) as Scrooge and Roderick Sanford as the Ghost of Christmas Past in Zach Theatre's A Christmas Carol. (Photo by Kirk Tuck)

More bitter news for Austin's theatregoers: Zach Theatre has announced that its production of A Christmas Carol will not complete its run, and all remaining performances have been canceled.

The theatre had originally cancelled its performances through Dec. 29, but with Omicron numbers rising, and more positive tests among cast members, the adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic seasonal morality tale will not return.

Zach's Director of Marketing and Communications Drew Nebrig released this statement:

“While we had hoped to resume performances on Wednesday, December 29, we have confirmed additional COVID cases among the A Christmas Carol company. Our paramount concern is for the health and safety of our artists and audiences. It does, regrettably, put us in the position of making the hard decision to cancel remaining performances

“We were heartbroken to cancel during the holiday week when so many families come to ZACH for their holiday tradition. Up until this production, our seats had been empty for over 626 days – so to reopen was a Christmas gift not just for ZACH, but for artists and the Austin community. The art and theatre sector has been hit so hard during the pandemic, and this feels like another hit – but we are hopeful our cast and crew recover quickly, and that, right now is our main concern. We look forward to getting back to live theatre in 2022.”

Affected ticket holders will receive an email outlining their options, and the theatre recommends that anyone with further questions contact the box office at 512-476-0594 ext.1.

Zach's next planned production should provide an equally family-friendly option for those disappointed about the stage going dark again. Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat opens Jan. 25.

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