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Backstage at "A Christmas Carol"

John Moe

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Michael Booth as Bob Cratchit
(Michal Daniel)
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As Christmas approaches, it's hard to escape from "A Christmas Carol." The classic Charles Dickens tale of redemption is on screen, in commercials, in our hearts a little for better or worse - bah humbug - and it's on stage in cities around the nation.

For regional theaters, A Christmas Carol is an annual tradition and a cash cow. Audiences show up, money gets made.

Here in the Twin Cities, there's a production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and for the last six years, Michael Booth has played the role of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's put-upon employee. The same part, every time, for six years. We wondered how he kept things fresh. John Moe went backstage at a recent performance to find out.

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