Backstage at 'A Christmas Carol'

Posted at 5:39 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 18:39:39-05

From visits of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future to some of your favorite carols, the Omaha Community Playhouse has made 'God bless us everyone!' a holiday tradition.

One family that has deep rooted tradition in a Christmas Carol is the Shelton family. Mother Jean and daughter Nora have worked behind the scenes each year on 'A Christmas Carol' for more than two decades.

Jean's the stage manager, running all the behind the scenes mechanics. Nora is in charge of the hundreds of props.

"I don't know anything different around christmastime," Nora says.

Jean's kind of the ultimate backstage mom. She's been behind the curtain for 37 of the 40 productions,  even when she was 9 months pregnant with Nora's sister.

"In 1987, We closed the show on December 20th and she was born the evening of December 23rd," Jean says.

Nora's sister usually does the show too, but she just had twins of her own. Grandma Jean is thinking of Christmas future already -- getting those twins in the family biz!

"In about 5 or 6 years, they'll be harassing Mr. Scrooge," Jean says.

After all, it's a family christmas tradition.