Rodman Public Library to Host “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” Preview

November 04, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Rodman Public Library and the Department of Theatre at the University of Mount Union celebrate the season this winter by highlighting a Christmas classic, “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.”

This November, the Department of Theatre will perform an adaptation of the original, “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.” The production, directed by Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, contains live music and is perfect for the whole family. This adaptation has been performed professionally in Los Angeles and at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

In an effort to spread word of the Mount Union production and to show appreciation for this classic theatrical piece, Rodman Public Library and the Kiwanis Club of Alliance have donated 100 copies of an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” to be given away to families in the community. This adaptation is a 2009 version of Charles Dickens’ original, with abridgment by Josh Greenhunt and illustrations by Brett Hellquist. Community members can stop by the library, one of its branch locations or visit the library website to submit a form to receive a copy of the book.

“Reading the book together as a family can be a fun way for everyone to prepare to see the show,” Kern said. “I knew that the staff at the library would be of great help in getting the young people of Alliance – and their parents – excited about seeing the show.”

The library will also host a preview of the production at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 14. During the preview, cast members will discuss sneak peeks and overviews of the production. Also, the Friends of the Library have donated eight sets of four tickets to the show to be raffled off to people in attendance that day.

“It is a wonderful event to have in the community,” said Pat Stone, director at Rodman Public Library. “Our emphasis is to encourage people to read the classics and share them with their children.”

Not only does this event encourage appreciation for classical pieces of theatre, but it also takes place right in the Alliance community.

“We’re getting the word out that Alliance families don’t need to travel all the way to Cleveland or even Canton to see quality holiday program suitable for the entire family,” Kern said. “That’s what’s important to me, to Mount Union, and to Rodman Public Library – that we can have quality cultural events right here in our town.”

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