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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"A Christmas Carol" To Be Performed In Wellsboro On Saturday, Dec. 3rd

Coolidge Theatre cast members include: (from left to right) Gary Fizzano, 
Coleen Evert, Rob Kathcart, Blake Solow and Pam Kathcart. Not shown is Jeff Ryan.
WELLSBORO—The whole family can enjoy one of the most enduring holiday stories on stage during Wellsboro’s Dickens of a Christmas. For 172 years, “A Christmas Carol" has been read and embraced around the world. Written by Charles Dickens, it was published in England on Dec. 19, 1843. Making it relatable to everyone is the mix of holiday cheer, whimsical humor and a good dose of scary thrills combined with the timeless truths and themes in this story of a man's redemption.

The Fifth Season, Indigo Xtreme Internet and Hamilton-Gibson Productions are committed to annually producing this show for the public. “It is especially meaningful to experience it during Dickens of a Christmas," said Thomas Putnam.

“’A Christmas Carol’ is perhaps the most produced play in the country,” said Putnam who is directing the Coolidge Theatre cast. Gabe Hakvaag directs the Warehouse Theatre cast.

Putnam lauded the productions' accessibility to families. “Our version lasts around an hour, so it is well-suited to children.”

Throughout the play, one of the six actors portrays Scrooge and another is Tiny Tim. The rest of the characters, including the three ghosts, the haunted Marley, the Fezziwigs and the Cratchits, are played by the actors who change personalities with the switch of a hat, a scarf or a shawl.

“It's an incredibly creative and clever adaptation,” said Putnam. “Where many adaptations modernize the language, this one stays true to the rich Dickens sound.”

There will be seven performances given by the two, six-member casts. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. shows will be in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street and the 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. shows will be right around the corner in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue. Admission to these shows is $18. On Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. the seventh performance will be in the Warehouse Theatre. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.

For reservations, call H-G Productions at 570-724-2079, email hamgib@gmail.com or visit www.hamiltongibson.org and click on the "Buy Tickets" button.

Tickets can be held up to 15 minutes before the performance at which time they will be released to a waiting list. Like H-G on Facebook.

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