A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre (1979)

USA, 22 December 1979

An American fantasy television special directed by Rae Allen and Kirk Browning.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he’s visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge’s heart?


Directors: Rae Allen, Kirk Browning
Ford’s Theatre, WETA-TV
Executive Producer for Ford’s Theatre: Frankie Hewitt
Executive Producer for WETA-TV: Gerry Slater
Producer: Christopher Sarson
Produced for the Stage at Ford’s Theatre by: Frankie Hewitt
Associate Producer: Jackson Frost
Production Manager: Sonja Dollison
Production Stage Manager: John Vivian
Entire stage production under the supervision of Rae Allen and Timothy Near
Managing Director for Ford’s Theatre: Ted Parker
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Stage Adaptation by: Rae Allen, Timothy Near
Associate Director: David Deutsch
Stage Direction: Ron Bishop
Associate Stage Director: Judy Jorgaitis
TV Lighting Directors: Harry Bottorf, John Gisondi, William Knight, Dick Weiss
Stage Lighting Designed by: John Gisondi
Video: Gregory King, Erv Brandt
Video Tape: Susanne Risher
Camera: Gary Allen, Joseph Camp, Julius Fauntleroy, Jerry Gallagher, Joan Leahy
Video Tape Editor: Ismael Jiminez
Musical Direction: Michael Howe
Audio: David Gillette, Jerry Butler
Engineers-in-Charge: Gerry Lob, William Maylett
Technical Director: Michael Mayes
Technical Director for Ford’s Theatre: Tommy Berrat
Costumes Designed by: Christina Weppner
Puppet Design and Creation: Ingrid Crepeau
Settings Designed by: Christina Weppner
TV Stage Manager: Mark Potocki
Assistant Stage Manager: John Concannon
Production Secretary: Lynne Harris
Production Assistant: Cynthia Mitchell
Utility: Jim Adams, Virginia Higgins, J.P. Whiteside
Locations: Ford’s Theatre, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Ron Bishop (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Jennifer Borge
Thomas Dillon
Geoff Garland (Bob Cratchit)
Mary Irey
Judy Jurgaitis
Josie Lawrence
David Long
Paul Milikin
John Morgal (Tiny Tim)
Steve O’Connor
Chris Romilly
Eva Rose
Nancy Sellin
David Silber
Anita Sorel
Scott Sorrel
Gary Thomas Jr
Kathy Vivian
Steve Worth


A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.206 – credits