LEWISBURG - On Wednesday, "A Christmas Carol" will be presented in the Col. John Kelly Banquet Room of Country Cupboard.
The show-of-the-season is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. Gerald, an actor and producer hailing from Oxford, England, will perform his rendition of this holiday classic.
Gerald bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867 reading his literary works before spellbound audiences.
According to Gerald, his great-great-grandfather adored theater and initially wanted to be an actor, but pursued writing as a career for practical purposes. For many years, Gerald said that he himself "avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague."
But in 1993, when a friend asked him to do a reading of "A Christmas Carol" on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for a historical restoration project, he couldn't turn him down. To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it - and has been delighting audiences around the world with his rendition ever since.
Gerald will depict 26 characters of the classic tale with just a table, wing chair and hat rack accompanying him on stage. He has created different postures and voices for each character.
The two performances will be at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. and include a meal.
Tickets are $40 each and should be paid in advance.
They will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tickets will be sold at the Guests Services area or over the phone.
For tickets, call 523-3211 or visit www.countrycupboardinc.com.