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Charles Dickens Makes An Appearance in Catawba's Reading of "A Christmas Carol"

December 02, 2008

Category: Events, Theatre Arts

WreathCharles Dickens as a character in his "A Christmas Carol," indebted to the miserly Scrooge? Catawba College's Reading of A Christmas Carol offers this for consideration at 6 p.m. this Friday, December 5 in the Weintz Reading Room of the Corriher-Linn-Black Library on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"John Stephens' adaptation of the tale allows us to encounter early Victorian London, with its interesting mix of disappearing Christmas traditions, changing social expectations, debtors’ prisons, enterprising industrialists, child laborers, joyful families, homelessness, and various unlikely communities setting the stage for Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to redemption," says the coordinator for this reading, Theatre Arts Professor Linda Kesler.

Readers include senior Jesse Hunter of Powder Springs, Ga., as Scrooge; senior Jordan Hunt of Hartford, Wis., as Marley; senior Sean Williams of Suffolk, Va. as Bob Cratchit; junior Joshua Hodgson of High Point, as Peter Cratchit; junior Meggie Bumgarner of Newton as the Ghost of Christmas Past; senior Meghan McLaughlin of Owings Mills, Md., as the Ghost of Christmas Present; junior Meg Schneider of Berlin, Conn., as Ghost of Christmas Future and the Fine Lady of the Empire; senior Sheldon Rogers of Salisbury as Fred; senior Sara Johnson of Matthews as Rose of the Evening; senior Nicole Durant of Fairview as Mrs. Dilber and Belle; junior Eleanor Withrow of Abingdon, Md., and sophomore Kat Tierney of Smyrna, Ga., as Fine Ladies; junior Alexander Copeland of Clinton, S.C. as a clumsy pallbearer; junior Kathryn "Katie" Alexander of Vidalia, Ga., as Mrs. Fred; junior Frank Neuman of Chevy Chase, Md., as Charles Dickens; and local 7-year-old Hans Roemer reading Tiny Tim.

Providing additional assistance are senior Justin Duncan of Raeford, senior Patricia Adkins of Salisbury, as well as Steve McKenzie, Keith Engwall, and the Catawba Library staff.

For more information, please call the Catawba College Box Office at (704) 637-4481.