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A Christmas Carol

Performed by Tony M. Lentz

Tuesday, November 28th | 7pm
Monday, December 18th | 7pm

This performance will take place in our upstairs Attic space.

A Christmas Carol was the first work performed publicly by Charles Dickens, and the success of his 1853 reading for a Birmingham, England, charity led him to consider reading professionally. It was considered shocking for a major author to take to the stage, but it became a lucrative career for Dickens. This was especially true in the United States, where unscrupulous publishers pirated many of his works. He cut the three-hour story down to an hour-and-a-half, removing the most emotional moments (because he didn’t feel comfortable performing them) and most of the social criticism as well. The story became one of the most popular works in his repertoire, and Dickens became one of the most well-known and highly-paid readers of the 19th century. At one time tickets to his readings were scalped for up to $26 each, a remarkable sum for the time. Dr. Lentz’s two-hour adaptation of the story retains examples of the emotional power, social criticism, and rich description that display the full array of literary powers at Dickens’ command.

Start Time: 7:00 pm
Location: State Theatre
Address: 130 West College Avenue, State College, PA (map)
Occurs: November 28th 2017 at 7:00 pm

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