Christmas spirits will come to life in December when day and evening performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are presented by the local theater company, Plays for Non Profits.
“This is quite a different, but still familiar adaptation of the classic holiday story,” says Director Lynda Dallman. “I think the audience will love it! Our local actor and playwright, Gary Young, has created this adaptation of the original story.”
Actors of all ages and from throughout the Gorge bring the story to life beginning Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. at Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell. Other evening performances are December 8, 9, 15, 16. Sunday matinees are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on December 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $20/adults, $l5/seniors & students, available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Mugs Coffee in Bingen and at showtix4u.com.
Gary Young, who has studied and played Ebenezer Scrooge in several previous productions, went back to Dickens’ original book to better understand the story as it relates to our world today. “This adaptation uses three unusual storytellers and a cast of familiar characters to show how Dickens’ words call attention to the needs of all members of society. Dickens wrote the story as a polemic about the government and society of that day, not so different from some of our concerns today.”
By raising money for the Hood River County Christmas Project and Washington Gorge Action Programs Food Bank, Plays for Non Profits A Christmas Carol lives out the message of looking beyond ourselves and making a difference in others’ lives.