The Southbury Public Library will host Valley Shakespeare Festival for a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, November 30 at 7pm in the Brinker Fireplace Room.
Charles Dickens wrote his holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” in London in 1843 in the midst of England’s industrial revolution. It was originally written to be published as a pamphlet to inspire social reform. At the time, London was teeming with problems: in only 80 years its population quadrupled from 1 million to 4.5 million; crime was rampant-the police estimated that 20,000 children were being trained in thievery; the city’s water supply was polluted; housing was sparse and cramped with entire families living in one small room; and education for children was at an all-time low.
It is into this world that Valley Shakespeare Festival will take its audiences. Presented without elaborate period costuming and staging, VSF’s production puts the emphasis on the true meaning of the story.
Tom Simonetti, the company’s Executive and Artistic Director (and Bob Cratchit), explains his reasoning this way:
“The story is powerful enough on its own not to need all kinds of embellishment. I love to see the children’s and families’ reactions to Jacob Marley’s chains, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s last speech. It’s a story that needs to be told because it reminds us of the kind of people we should be all year long. It’s exactly what we need.”
Audience members will join Ebenezer Scrooge on his transformational journey through his own personal darkness of bitterness and disillusion on that fateful Christmas Eve and emerge with him on that brilliant Christmas morning with renewed faith in God and humanity.
Valley Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit theater company serving the communities of the lower Naugatuck Valley.
The event is presented free of charge, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call
the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130 for more information or to register.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.