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"A Christmas Carol" offered at The New Huntington

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The LaFontaine Arts Council is partnering with The New Huntington again this year to present a free presentation of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” at the theatre on Saturday, November 27 as part of “Christmas in the City.”  This is the third year for the offering of the dramatic reading. It’s becoming a downtown family-friendly tradition.

Admission to the 1 p.m. show is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors will open fifteen minutes prior to the performance. Free-will donations to benefit the LaFontaine Arts Council will be accepted.

Joel Froomkin performs the ninety-minute version of the story as an annual thank you to the community and to support the LaFontaine Arts Council’s mission of bringing arts education to children of Huntington County.

Most people are familiar with Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts but might not know that the book, first published in 1843, redefined the importance of Christmas as a holiday emphasizing family, goodwill, and compassion. Prior to Dickens’ work, Christmas in England had become little more than an excuse for drinking and mischief-making. Froomkin will perform the same abridged version of the story which Dickens adapted for his famous speaking tours. Froomkin, a former dialect and speech professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will utilize his skill with British dialects to bring to life 17 vivid characters.

Adam Drummond, principal of Lincoln Elementary, has seen the show and said: “I’m amazed at the distinct characters Joel creates. It’s incredible and entertaining and young people love watching him do all the different voices. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see literature come to life in a modern way ... a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit.”

The performance allows Froomkin the opportunity to share one of his favorite stories with the audience. “My whole life I’ve been drawn to the story. I would stay up all night on Christmas Eve as a kid watching all the different adaptations over and over, but I have to say that Dickens original version is the most vivid and affecting of all.”

The reading is family friendly, but probably not suited to children under five. The New Huntington Theater is located in downtown Huntington, at 528 N. Jefferson St.