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Scott VanDyke as Scrooge and Truman Harris as Tiny Tim in the Monday/Wednesday/Friday cast of "Scrooge" at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. The show runs through Dec. 18.

For theater companies deciding to stage a one-time holiday production, it can be difficult to find a show that hasn't been done recently.

For many others, including Hale Center Theater Orem and Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, the holiday show is a tradition that's carried over with the same show being produced, perhaps with minor alterations, year after year.

But not all shows taking place around Christmas are based around the holiday.

"I think it’s nice, every once in a while, to be able to do a show in the holiday season that isn’t necessarily about the holiday but is conducive to spending time with your family," said Karen Azenberg, artistic director for Pioneer Theatre Company. "Because at the end of the day, isn’t that the big part?"

Following is a quick look at four shows hitting local stages this holiday season.

'Scrooge,' CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

In the musical "Scrooge," based on Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol," the familiar tale is played out with the famous miser going on a redemptive journey with visits from three spirits, eventually experiencing a change of heart.

“There’s a couple of musical versions of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and this is the one probably a lot of people are familiar with," said Jansen Davis, executive director at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. "There was an Albert Finney movie that was done, so this is pretty much the same show that that is."

"This one’s a little more upbeat, a little more lighthearted than the (Kelsey Grammer film version), but still the same Scrooge and his story, and each of the spirits come and visit," Davis said.

The show, which runs through Dec. 18, has two casts, with one peforming Monday/Wednesday/Friday and the other on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday.

"It’s a great mix," Davis said. "There’s a lot of ages in this particular cast."

The theater notes that while the production is appropriate for a wide audience, "small or sensitive children could be frightened by the ghosts."

If you go ...

What: "Scrooge"

When: Through Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville

How much: $17-$22 Phone: 801-298-1302

Web: centerpointtheatre.org

'A Christmas Carol,' Hale Center Theater Orem

"'A Christmas Carol' is a story of redemption," said Anne Swenson, managing director and executive producer at Hale Center Theater Orem.

HCTO's approach to the tale, running Dec. 1-23, takes a greater than usual focus on the story, Swenson said.

"If you don’t tell the story, you might as well not even show up," she said. "And in 'A Christmas Carol,' it’s the story."

When Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by Jacob Marley, Swenson said, he is given an opportunity to learn and to have a second chance.

"So then Scrooge takes that second chance, and you see him develop through his dreams," she said.

"I love 'A Christmas Carol' because of what it says about the season, and the nostalgia and all of that that it brings, but it also — without people being hit over the head with it — brings a real Christian feeling of the Christmas season, of that feeling of redemption."

If you go ...

What: "A Christmas Carol"

When: Dec. 1-23, times vary

Where: Hale Center Theater, 225 W. 400 North, Orem

How much: $16-$22 adults, $12-$16 children

Phone: 801-226-8600

Web: haletheater.org

'Peter and the Starcatcher,' Pioneer Theatre Company

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, "Peter and the Starcatcher" presents a story of Peter Pan before he came to be in Neverland.

The play opened on Broadway in 2012 and collected five Tony Awards.

"It’s not a Christmas show per se, no, but it is I think wonderful for families, particularly if you are a pre-teen or early teen," Azenberg said of the show, which will run Dec. 5-20 at PTC.

"To find something that has enough action and depth of story but is still appealing to adults and to younger kids is a challenge," she said. “ ‘Peter and the Starcatcher' is great because it really has a lot for everybody, and it’s a style of theater that I think is intriguing, different than a regular play or a regular musical; it combines a lot of the best aspects of both."

If you go ...

What: "Peter and the Starcatcher"

When: Dec. 5-20, times vary

Where: Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East

How much: $38-$59 in advance, $43-$64 on the day of the show

Phone: 801-581-6961

Web: pioneertheatre.org

'A Christmas Carol,' Hale Centre Theatre

This holiday season, Hale Centre Theatre will stage its 30th annual production of "A Christmas Carol," which runs Dec. 6-24.

"We have folks who have come every year for 30 years," said Sally Dietlein, co-founder and executive producer for HCT. "We have folks who began coming as children and are now bringing their children, and even some of them their grandchildren. It’s amazing. It’s become a real family tradition."

Several members of the Hale family will act in the production, including a fifth-generation Hale, Cameron, who will play the role of Tiny Tim.

"I think that it’s the second great Christmas story," Dietlein said, "And people don’t get tired of it, especially if it's done in as pure a form as it can possibly be. So we stay as close to the script as possible."

If you go ...

What: "A Christmas Carol"

When: Dec. 6-24, times vary

Where: Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

How much: $29-$32 adults, $16 children

Phone: 801-984-9000

Web: hct.org