Accessibility at A Christmas Carol

Information to assist your visit


Sensory Friendly Guide


Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old businessman who thinks that Christmas is a frivolous holiday, just an excuse for people not to work. Despite his vast fortune, Scrooge hoards money, refusing to give to charity because he believes that the poor are just lazy and deserve no such help. He doesn’t even pay his hardworking and loyal clerk, Bob Cratchit, a fair wage! Despite Scrooge’s heartlessness, his nephew and only living relative, Fred, still wants to spend Christmas with his uncle, but the miser rejects him. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who is now paying dearly for the heartlessness and lack of generosity with which he lived his life. Marley tells Scrooge that three spirits—the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come—will visit him that night. These phantoms will show old Scrooge how he became this hard-hearted, what he’s missed because of it, and what will happen to him if he keeps going down this path.


London, from the slums to middle-class homes to wealthy mansions, during the Victorian era.

Audience Advisory

Fog and Flashing Lights. No strobe lights are used.


Ebenezer Scrooge — A wealthy but miserly businessman who has no sympathy for the poor, nor any Christmas cheer. He is transformed when visited by three Ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Bob Cratchit — Scrooge’s overworked and underpaid clerk. Bob is struggling to support his wife and six children but remains loyal to his boss.

Ghost of Christmas Past — This spirit shows Scrooge the events in his past that have made him into the man he is today.

Ghost of Christmas Present — This spirit shows Scrooge what he has ignored or cut himself off from in the present.

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come — This spirit shows Scrooge the likely end results of his current ways and attitudes.

Fan — Scrooge’s kind-hearted sister, who cared a great deal about her brother, but died young.

Fred — Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. Like his mother, Fan, he is a cheerful person and wants to spend Christmas with his uncle.

Fezziwig — The owner of the warehouse business where Scrooge was an apprentice as a young man. This jolly man threw lively Christmas parties years ago and was a kind employer to Scrooge.

Belle — Scrooge’s former fiancée. Though she loves him dearly, she becomes alienated by his obsession with money.

Tiny Tim — Bob Cratchit’s youngest son, who is very sick but remains merry and grateful during
the holiday.

Ensemble — Made up of townsfolk, carolers and party guests.


Arrival Guide

What to expect getting to your seat

Sensory Intense Moments


Choices While At The Show

Here are a series of options you have while attending A Christmas Carol:

Before the play…

— Enter the theatre building
— If needed, pick up your ticket at the Box Office
— Before or when the announcement is made on the speakers, enter the theatre and find your seat
— Sit down in your seat
— Listen to the pre-show announcement speech

During the play…

— Stay seated and watch the play
— Move to another section at the back of the main floor seats to move around while watching the play
— Move to one of the standing room sections at the back of the theatre to stand while watching the play
— Move to the lobby to watch the play from a TV monitor
— Move to the lobby for a quiet space with no monitor and less noise

*If you choose to leave the theatre during the performance, you may return to your seat whenever you are ready and when the house manager says it is OK.

During intermission…

— Stay in your seat
— Or go to the lobby. In the lobby, you can:

– Use the restroom
– Look at the art in the lobby
– Buy food or drink at the Mezzanine bar

— Before or when the announcement is made, return to your seat. Watch the second part of the show.

After the play…

— If you wish, applaud during the curtain call when the actors bow
— Exit through the hallway to the Sarah Shallenberger Brown Lobby
— Exit through the balcony door and back down the stairs to the Sarah Shallenberger Brown Lobby
— Or stay seated until most of the crowd has exited to the lobby and then leave at your own pace

Actors Theatre encourages all of our audience members to engage with this performance in ways that are most comfortable for you.

Actors Theatre of Louisville is committed to a judgement-free experience for all audience members. While attending this performance, you might see a variety of behaviors, including:

Stimming: a physical or verbal response to over- or under- stimulation that can provide self-regulation or self-expression. This might be repeated hand-wringing, rocking or clapping.

Echolalia: Some patrons may repeat phrases, quotes and speech. Sometimes, this aids comprehension, and sometimes, this can be a calming or relaxing activity.

Tics: Involuntary movements or vocal sounds (please note: tics and stimming are separate behaviors)

Touch Sensitivity: Some patrons may be very uncomfortable with physical touch from others and/or aware of the sensation of materials on their skin.

Alternative Communication: Some patrons might use non-verbal forms of communication in response to over- or under- stimulation. Types of communication can vary and can include: sign language, typing, body language, facial expressions and/or using pictures.

Fidgets: Some patrons may bring small objects with them to a performance – like stress balls, sewing pads or putty. Using these objects can relieve stress, aid relaxation and increase focus.

Sensory and Emotionally-Intense Moments: The ushers at each performance will have a list of sensory intense moments throughout the play. For example, the list may note lights, sound effects or other sudden changes that could be overwhelming to some patrons.

Special thanks: Talleri McRae, The Kentuckiana Autistic Spectrum Alliance (KASA), Autistics United Kentucky, The Kentucky Autism Training Center and Heidi Cooley-Cook, Micah Peace, Bev Harp, Erin Fitzgerald, Cody Clark, Peyton Stockdale and Natalie Ambrosino.