‘A Christmas Carol’ to be performed and broadcast live

The Arts Partnership and 50 North presents the Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens at 7 p.m. December 14 at 50 North (339 E. Melrose Ave.) with a live broadcast on WFIN. The performance is open to the public and donations benefiting The Arts Partnership will be accepted.  The performance will then be rebroadcast on WFIN 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

The cast and sound effects crew are made up of 29 Youtheatre students and community members. Members include: Shelby Blair, Hugh Bowland, Sydney Burrier, Stephen Christiansen, Andrew Christiansen-Temple, Stephen Cowan, Justin Crawfis, Mike Eier, Dave Healy, Beverly Hover, Carrie Howe, Ellen Hugunin, Alexis Leslie, Ava Loch, Mya Lunguy, Nicole Manley, Ruthie Markley, Tim Mattis, Lynn Parmelee, Allyson Patterson, Jenna Pitt, Aruna Rajan, Ronald Rush, Mikayla Simons, Zoe Sleasman, Glennda Stelnicki, Virginia Thompson, Anna Welker, and Andy Wirt.

The production staff for this production includes direction by Harry Stockton and technical direction by Jeff Dean and Roger Kranz.

This production is being performed in the style of readers’ theatre.  The actors and actresses read from their scripts, thus emphasizing the spoken words which are enhanced by incorporating live sound effects also performed on stage.  Those attending the performance will experience a time gone by when imagination was key to the radio shows of the 1930s and 1940s.  This unique project provides those involved an opportunity to learn how old time radio shows were produced, including how to make and incorporate live sound effects.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to support from The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, WFIN, WKXA, 106.3 the Fox, The Courier, and 50 North.