The public is invited to join Unexpected Productions for “A (Very Special Improvised) Christmas Carol” Saturday, with a preshow at 6:30 p.m. and event at 7 p.m.

A (Very Special Improvised) Christmas Carol will stream live from the Market Theatre in the heart of Pike Place Market and will benefit the reopening efforts of Unexpected Productions.

A $50 Family Ticket, which can be purchased at will provide people with a link to live-stream to their home.

The event will feature Unexpected Productions’ staff sharing stories and videos of UP’s past and present as the company progresses toward a safe reopening in the future. Then the UP cast will present an improvised version of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic.

According to the performance announcement, to survive the pandemic, Unexpected Productions has cut expenses by more than half and received a PPP loan and multiple COVID-19 relief grants, sparing it from having to use its reserves.

The grant money has dried up, however, and Unexpected Productions Board is hoping to raise $75,000 to help rebuild its reserves and allow the theater company to reopen when allowed in the future.

“Nearly 37 years ago, Unexpected Productions began as a small group of scrappy young comedians who were founding the improv movement in Seattle,” UP Board President Rich Hawkins said in the announcement. “We decided to bring our efforts together, all to impact Seattle in a new way. From there, we founded Unexpected Productions, which quickly grew to become a Seattle comedy institution here at the Gum Wall (which we started!) right in the heart of Seattle in Pike Place Market.”

Through the years, the improv company has built an ensemble, teaching staff and loyal audience, Artist Director Randy Dixon said in the announcement.

“Unexpected Productions is dedicated to the art and spirit of improvisation and making it accessible to everyone,” Dixon said.

“Improv is more than just an art form. Unexpected Productions also believes in a community taking care of each other. It is the core of all that we do.”

UP has taken a number of steps, following guidelines from the Department of Health and governor’s office, to ensure the theater is safe for staff and players when they return, according to the announcement.