Metro Theater Company (MTC), an Arts and Education Council grantee, connects young people, families and teachers to theater through virtual programs, live events and in-school arts integrated curriculum. Studies increasingly show the powerful impact of theater on the social-emotional learning of young people, enabling them to develop empathy, build an understanding of differences and even inspire a deep sense of hope for the future.

Since March, Metro Theater Company has reimagined theater to continue impacting the lives of young people. Through resources like virtual fieldtrips, virtual arts instruction, the Memory Project and the Intergenerational Storytelling Project, MTC continues to support young people and the adults in their lives.

This December, Metro Theater Company will present “A Christmas Carol”  to help keep the community connected during the holiday season. This special virtual event brings together artists, athletes, civic leaders, media personalities and first responders, for a streamed reading of Charles Dickens holiday classic.

The lineup includes Emmy-nominated television star Ellie Kemper, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, American Ninja Warrior Jamie Rahn, two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey, St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer, film, stage and voice actor Ken Page, nationally syndicated columnist and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Aisha Sultan, president of the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature Julius B. Anthony and medical director for the St. Louis Fire Department Mark Levine.

“A Christmas Carol” will be streamed Dec. 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but donations are being accepted. Learn more and register for the show at

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