Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Readers Theatre presents Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” at area venues

Dec. 5-20 — RUTLAND COUNTY — “Come in, — come in! And know me better, man!” says the Ghost of Christmas Past in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Come in and get to know Shakespeare on Main Street (SoMS) better as it present this timeless holiday classic in intimate Readers Theatre style in Dorset, Manchester, Poultney, Rutland and Wallingford, throughout the month of December.

Director Gary Meitrott adapts Readers Theater to include costuming and movement by the actors, adding a dramatic element to the performance. With simple, yet elegant, Victorian furniture and costuming, five actors bring all of the characters to life using Dickens’ original words.

Meitrott, a lover of classic literature and founder of SoMS, says, “Even though we are all connected electronically, we are also isolated as individuals. ‘A Christmas Carol’ rings truer than ever in its lesson to give and to love with every moment we have.”

The cast features Emily Bleakie, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Lawrence Zupan and Zachary Zupan. Performances are:

Friday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. —  Poultney High School, 154 East Main, Poultney

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. — Manchester Library, 48 West Road, Manchester

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. — Rutland Library, 10 Court St, Rutland

Friday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. — Wallingford Town Hall, 75 School St, Wallingford

Saturday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. — Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd, Dorset

Tickets at the door of each performance are $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and children under 12 are free. The Dec. 6 performance is complimentary as sponsored by the Manchester Library; donations are requested.

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