Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs “A Christmas Carol”. Again.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012
THE BUILDING STAGE presents
CHARLES DICKENS BEGRUDGINGLY PERFORMS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”. AGAIN.
“Tea. Biscuits. Spiritual Terror.”
ALL AGES EVENT! HALF-PRICED TICKETS!

OR

$8 TICKETS IF YOU BRING A STUFFED ANIMAL! (Yes, I am serious — but don’t tell Mr. Dickens! It’s a surprise!)

INTRODUCTION:
*BEGRUDGINGLY* BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

While you may have seen a million versions of “A Christmas Carol”, chances are you haven’t experienced it like this. The Building Stage invites you to a festive celebration at the home of the one and only Charles Dickens for an delightfully gripping reading of the story that pretty much defined Christmas as we know it today!

SYNOPSIS:
In 1853, ten years after having dashed off his surprisingly successful holiday story, “A Christmas Carol”, Charles Dickens gave his first public reading of the work. The effort was so well received, as well as providing much needed cash, that he continued to perform these celebrated readings for the rest of his career. Now, almost 160 years later, performances of “A Christmas Carol” have become one of our most enduring holiday traditions.

The only problem is that Dickens himself has long grown tired of this annual reading. Reports of his death in 1870 were greatly exaggerated, and year after year he has sustained himself with these solo performances albeit with dwindling enthusiasm as he has moved from the grand concert halls of London to finally, this year, The Building Stage in Chicago’s industrial West Loop. Now, as the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth, Dickens has finally reached the breaking point. He knows he must grant the holiday wishes of his audience but desperately hopes to entertain them with anything but another performance of “A Christmas Carol”.

JUSTIN SAYS: Last year I had the pleasure of attending a holiday soiree at Mr. Dickens’ home, and I found myself utterly enraptured by this stellar recital — certainly no easy feat considering that this classic story had long ago lost its luster due to its innumerable adaptations and parodies. Ultimately, it takes a masterful storyteller to breathe new life into an old tale — or in this case the original master of said tale! This is such a splendid reading, and I truly hope you can make it!

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WHAT: THE BUILDING STAGE presents
CHARLES DICKENS BEGRUDGINGLY PERFORMS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”. AGAIN.

WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m.
Show begins at 4:00 p.m. Running time is approx. 2 hours with NO intermission.

WHERE: THE BUILDING STAGE – 412 North Carpenter Street @ Kinzie (West Loop)
NOTE: Theater entrance adjacent to the Sherwin-Williams parking lot.

COST: $12.50 HALF-PRICED TICKETS!
OR $8 TICKETS IF YOU BRING A STUFFED ANIMAL! Last year I brought Truxton (the penguin) as a lark, and Mr. Dickens seemed quite taken by him. I’d like to up the silly factor this year, so I will happily save you a few bucks if you bring a stuffed friend of your own. Seriously. (But don’t tell Mr. Dickens! We *must* do our best to make it a surprise!)

ALL AGES EVENT!

For More Details:
http://www.buildingstage.com/2012_shows/dickens_landing.php

Questions/Comments/Concerns? Contact JUSTIN.

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