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Christmas in July coming from Pitch pizza and Playhouse theater

Christmas in July coming from Pitch pizza and Playhouse theater


Do you need a little Christmas? Right this very minute?

If you can wait until 7:30 Friday night, you can catch Christmas in July from the Omaha Community Playhouse.


Dick Boyd as Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” with John Dittrick as Tiny Tim, at the Omaha Community Playhouse in 1997. Boyd’s 800th performance in the play based on the classic Charles Dickens novel will be shown online this weekend at the Playhouse website.

The theater will show an online performance of its signature play, “A Christmas Carol,” and it will be available for viewing on the Playhouse website through Sunday.

The recording is of the 800th performance of Dick Boyd, who played Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic at the Playhouse for 30 years. He retired from the role in 2005.

Boyd, a generous and loving husband and father in real life, became a Playhouse icon portraying the cranky and miserly bachelor banker who faces a holiday reckoning when he is visited by ghosts. He took the stage 870 times as the crotchety Scrooge and once was featured as the ABC News “Person of the Week” for his accomplishments.

He died last month at age 98.

Bob Snipp, who was the Ghost of Christmas Past with Boyd for 29 years, will introduce the video.

You might be tempted to cook a turkey and sweet potatoes, but Pitch Pizzeria is offering a dinner-and-a-show special for those tuning in on Friday night. For $100, diners get a caprese salad, grilled asparagus, salmon, Key lime pie and a bottle of wine, and for $55 they will get wine, pizza and a salad.

For links to the video and World-Herald articles about Boyd, visit

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Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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