PRINCETON — “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of Christmas redemption, will be presented as a stage play at Open Prairie, United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Performances are Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
The show will feature Kelly Autrey-Webber as Narrator, and the Rev. Dr. Adam Webber, pastor of Open Prairie, as Ebenezer Scrooge.
“The original text was a big hit for Charles Dickens when it first appeared in 1843,” said Autrey-Webber, who wrote and directs the show.
“Dickens read it aloud to packed houses throughout Britain and America. The story has been adapted for stage and film in many ways, and with many star actors, from George C. Scott to Mickey Mouse. Forty years ago, Adam and I were on stage together in another version of the play — under the direction of one of our favorite high school teachers, Dan Martinkus.
“In this new production, we try to incorporate as much of the original text as possible. The play is like a staged reading of Dickens’ original text. We have special lighting to set the proper mood; sound effects and projections that illustrate Dickens’ story, and some images of his original handwritten manuscript. And we have live actors, some of whom will be playing multiple roles, just as Dickens did so long ago in his readings.”
There is no admission charge for the Open Prairie production of “A Christmas Carol.” All are invited. A free-will offering may be made at the door.