Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas performance

Just got an email about a neat-sounding Christmas performance coming up next weekend.

A group of actors is getting together to perform an original Christmas radio drama, “Charles Dickens’ Forgotten Holiday Fables.” Few may be aware that in addition to "A Christmas Carol," Dickens wrote several other holiday stories. These stories are the basis of the new show, presented in the style of “Prairie Home Companion.”

From the announcement: "a live radio show is a delightful sensory experience: seeing sound Aeffects performed live, hearing Christmas carols interspersed between stories, along with old-fashioned radio commercials, all contribute to a unique, enchanting holiday event." Sounds cool, eh?

The show features several folks that I know are good - Opie Cooper, Danny Dauphin, J.C. Patterson, John Howell - as well as some names that are new to me - Wade Acuff, Cory Drake, Brighton Goode, Brent Hearn, Beth Kander, Bret Kenyon, and Richard Lawrence.

There will be three performances, all benefitting the nonprofit organization Imagination Education, Inc. All contributions will go towards literacy, creative writing, and creative-academic program initiatives here in Mississippi. (Can't beat that, right?) The first performance, Thursday, December 11, at 7:00pm is a VIP benefit event; the performances on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 (both at 7 p.m.) are open to the public, with a suggested donation of $12/ticket. Seating is limited, so call 853-7270 to RSVP.

To learn more about the work of Imagination Education, visit

Maybe I'll see you there!

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