A Christmas Carol by Half Moon Theatre

Review: Half Moon Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at the CIA

Attending a classic stage performance is one of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions. This past weekend we were invited to see Half Moon Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” which is being performed on weekends through December 18th at the Culinary Institute of America. In short, we loved it!

A Christmas Carol by Half Moon Theatre

My husband and I originally planned to bring our two girls aged 6 and 9 but it turned out to be a mom-daughter date for myself and my oldest daughter, thanks (*ahem* no thanks) to a stomach virus. Since my 6-year-old tends to get bored during shows where there’s “no talking”, for example ballets, I know she would have loved this performance.

Half Moon Theatre‘s charming adaptation has all the elements of family friendly entertainment – music, humor, lively acting, impressive lighting effects and some exciting surprises. My daughter’s favorite part was the famous scene of Scrooge and Jacob Marley’s ghost; she found it fascinating, fun and just the right amount of spooky. We were also lucky enough to have Scrooge sit right next to us during a jaunt into the audience!

A Christmas Carol by Half Moon Theatre A Christmas Carol by Half Moon Theatre

I personally loved how each of the actors seamlessly shift between various character roles, never skipping a beat, and how the audience was invited to sing along to Christmas carols. With a festive atmosphere and exceptional talent, the show is an indisputable crowd-pleaser.

A Christmas Carol by Half Moon Theatre


A Christmas Carol by Half Moon Theatre

Refreshments were offered for sale during intermission and, being at the CIA and all, we couldn’t resist trying some. We chose eggnog, coffee and a warm chocolate chip cookie and they were as delicious as would be expected at a top-notch culinary school.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this show for a holiday family experience to remember. The show is recommended for ages 8  to 88, but I think 5 year olds can love it too depending on their individual interest and attention span. It has enough fun and excitement to keep a kid watching!

Half Moon Theatre has invited special guests to appear in the show. This coming weekend you can expect to see Rob Rolison, Mayor of Poughkeepsie at the Dec. 17th 2pm performance, and Ron Hicks, Assistant County Executive, at the Dec. 17th 8pm performance. The Half Moon Junior Company will also perform in all shows from December 16 – 18.

If the weather cooperates, you might love exploring the CIA campus, too. Anton Plaza in front of Roth Hall is particularly gorgeous and a perfect spot for photos!

What you need to know:

When: Friday December 16 at 8:00pm; Saturday, December 17 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm; Sunday, December 18 at 2:00pm.

Where: The Culinary Institute of America-Marriott Pavilion, 1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park, NY

Tickets: $18-$50. Purchase online at halfmoontheatre.org or call (845) 235-9885.

Pre-theatre dining reservations at The Culinary Institute of America can be made by calling (845) 905-4533 or email ciarestaurants@culinary.edu. The Caterina de’ Medici is offering a family-style pasta dinner Saturday nights for $39pp.  All CIA restaurants are closed on Sundays.


Sarah Coppola

Sarah Coppola is a wife, mom of three, Hudson Valley native and adventure-seeker. She founded Family Friendly Hudson Valley to discover and share all the great stuff for families found in our own backyard.

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