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Great Lakes Theater and ideastream Partner to Continue Northeast Ohio Holiday Tradition Through Radio Adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

Collaboration Keeps Dickens’ Classic Alive for Region’s Audiences During Unprecedented Year

CLEVELAND, OHGreat Lakes Theater (GLT), in partnership with ideastream presents a radio adaptation of A Christmas Carol on December 22nd at 8:00 PM on WCLV 104.9 ideastream and December 23rd at 9:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN ideastream. The program is available for audiences to stream on-demand online as well, free of charge, from December 22 to December 25 on The collaboration enables GLT to reinvent its production of the Charles Dickens classic that has entertained more than 750,000 patrons during GLT’s history. The broadcast also affords Northeast Ohio audiences the opportunity to enjoy a unique version of this holiday tradition for a 32nd consecutive year. GLT’s live, staged production recently was canceled due to challenges related to the ongoing pandemic.

Directed by GLT’s Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, the radio adaptation features the talents of GLT company members Leilani Barrett, Laura Welsh Berg, Lynn Robert Berg, Aled Davies, Jodi Dominick, Patrick Kiernan, Colleen Longshaw, Daniel Millhouse, Jessie Cope Miller, Marlowe Miller, David Anthony Smith, Nick Steen, and Mark Anthony Taylor. In all, more than 30 Dickens characters come to life during the broadcast. Generous support was provided by the John P. Murphy Foundation.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with ideastream. The collaboration will enable our production of A Christmas Carol to live on for a 32nd year in an exciting new radio format,” said Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater. “A Christmas Carol has been a holiday tradition for generations of Northeast Ohioans. The classic story’s message of hope and renewal will have special resonance during this unique year.”

“At a time when many of Northeast Ohio’s arts events have been postponed or canceled entirely, GLT and ideastream are proud to bring this beloved holiday tradition to the community in an entirely new way,” said Mark Rosenberger, Chief Content Officer at ideastream. “We hope the production brings much-needed joy to families across the region as they adapt their plans to celebrate safely.”

This radio special, coordinated by ideastream’s Dave DeOreo, is one of several collaborations between GLT and the ideastream producer over the years. The partnership has included A Christmas Carol writing contest with Cleveland Metropolitan School District students and the Shakespeare student songwriting competition “Bardstock.”

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About Great Lakes Theater
Great Lakes Theater, the first resident company of Playhouse Square,
has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. On its main stage and through its extensive educational programming, Great Lakes Theater impacts the lives of over 100,000 adults and students annually.

About ideastream
ideastream serves the people of Northeast Ohio as a trusted and dynamic multimedia source for illuminating the world around us. Publicly supported and locally owned, ideastream is indispensable and highly valued for its unique ability to strengthen our community. ideastream is the consolidation of WVIZ/PBS, with five channels of public television service (WVIZ/PBS-HD, WVIZ/PBS OHIO, WVIZ/PBS WORLD, WVIZ/PBS CREATE and WVIZ/PBS KIDS); 90.3 WCPN, Northeast Ohio’s NPR news and public affairs radio station; WCLV 104.9, Northeast Ohio’s classical music radio station; ideastream Education, with educational resources, services and the award-winning children’s series NewsDepth; and management of The Ohio Channel and the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau on behalf of all Ohio’s public broadcasting stations. For more information about ideastream’s rich legacy of innovation and credible content, visit

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Posted on: December 08, 2020

Category: Press Releases

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