College of DuPage College Theater Presents Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

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By Ann FinkCollege of DuPage College Theater presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted
by William J. Norris and directed by COD Theater Professor Amelia Barrett, Thanksgiving
weekend, Nov. 23 to 25, at the McAninch Arts Center on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425
Fawell Blvd.Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday,
Nov. 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. In addition, a performance has been added for area school
children, second grade and up at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Audience members arriving
early to the Nov. 23-25 performances will be serenaded with Christmas songs by members
of the cast, and Santa will be in the lobby following the matinee performances on
Nov. 23 and 24, to chat and pose for photos.A mean-spirited old man, a poor but optimistic clerk and three visiting ghosts join
forces to take audiences on a magical journey to find the true meaning of the holiday
season. This production with more than 50 cast members gleaned from more than a dozen
Chicago area communities, is a 70-minute version of a heartwarming classic tale that
is perfect for ages.“Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought to life in Norris’ wonderful adaptation,”
Barrett said “Our production, with beautiful period costumes and wonderful special
effects, is sure to warm the heart as we follow Scrooge’s transformation from a lonely
soul with a cold and hardened heart into a man filled with the true joy of the holiday
and appreciation of life’s ever-present gift of the opportunity for change.”“A Christmas Carol” was the first of Dickens’ very successful Christmas books. It
was written during a time when the British were exploring and re-evaluating past Christmas
traditions, including carols and newer customs such as Christmas trees. It was published
on Dec. 19, 1843 and the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. By the end of 1844,
13 editions had been …

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