Dickens’ classic story to be presented on 12-13-14
Tickets available through Box Office
(Streator, IL) – Community Players of Streator, Inc. announces ticket information and performers for “A Christmas Carol” that will be presented on Saturday, December 13 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Engle Lane Theatre, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator. It is sponsored by The Dieken Family Foundation and directed by Scott Fulton, West Chester, OH, and Brian Blasco, Springfield, IL.
Ticket requests are made by calling the Engle Lane Box Office at 815-672-3584 and leaving a message with name, phone number, performance time preference, and quantity of tickets. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 10-12 and requests will be confirmed with a return phone call. The production will be presented in a readers’ theatre style in which performers will read from scripts. The production is not recommended for children under age 10.
The role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be portrayed by Steve Myers and the Narrator will be portrayed by Mary Morgan, both of Ottawa, IL. In addition, the performers are: Max Baker, Diane Bayer, Steve Caulkins, Marc Cheffer, E. J. Flanigan, Katelyn Flanigan, Lisa Gill, Kathy Hepner, Karen Koesler, Shea Moritz, Cora Schultz, Lydia Schultz, Greg Tullis, Andrew Vogel, Ben Vogel, Claire Vogel, Murphy Wilkinson, and Jim Woodward (Streator); Nik Frig, Karen Leifheit, Kelli Montgomery, Jenny Parks, Jeff Rankin, and Brian Steep (Ottawa); Jessica Yoesle (Marseilles); Amalia Heiser (Peru); Bob Kinsella, Jacob Kinsella, and Nathan Kinsella (Spring Valley); Melanie Maskel (LaSalle); Bill Gillespie (Lostant); Kelly Lefler, Richard Lefler, and Marlee Reel (Long Point); Luke Murray (Warrenville); and Bryan Bentlin, Brian Mroczek, Emma Myers, and Elise Scarbeary (Chicago).
This production of “A Christmas Carol” is an adaptation by John Mortimer that was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, London, on November 28, 1994. Originally, it is a novella that Charles Dickens began to write in September 1843 to bring attention to the plight of England’s poor. It was published on December 19, 1843 and adapted for the stage with productions opening in February 1844. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who has lost the meaning of Christmas and experiences conversion of heart through a journey into his past, present, and future.
Stephen Skelton, author of “A Christmas Carol: Special Church Edition,” explained that Dickens is a “self-proclaimed Christian author” who “has infused his story with Christian meaning.” Skelton identified the four biblical principles in the story: sinfulness, regret, repentance, and salvation.
Founded in 1958, Community Players of Streator, Inc. offers an opportunity to the people of Streator and the surrounding area to participate in non-professional theatrical activities while offering the general public an opportunity for the furtherance of appreciation of the theatre.