Dorset Players to present 'A Christmas Carol'

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DORSET — The Dorset Players will present Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" over the first two weekends in December.

This version of the Dickens classic, dramatized by Ray DeMattis and Players member William John Aupperlee, will be staged at the Dorset Playhouse. The play is now in rehearsal with a cast of 24 under the direction of Don Petersen, music director Lorri Bond and choreographer Kelly Gaiotti. Cheryl Gushee is the producer of the holiday show.

"A Christmas Carol" follows miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to discover the true meaning of the holidays. The DeMattis-Aupperlee version of the classic holiday story was originally performed at the St. Bart's Playhouse in New York City.

Kevin O'Toole, a veteran of the Dorset stage, plays the key role of Scrooge. Also appearing in the show are Evan Cassan (Tiny Tim), Josh Bond (Bob Cratchit), Kristin Kimball (Mrs. Cratchit), and Skip Dickinson (Bob Marley) among other children and adult performers from throughout the region.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 15. Tickets are $18 for adults (members $15) and $8 for ages 6 to 14. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Tickets and information are available by visiting dorsetplayers.org, or by calling the Playhouse boxoffice at (802) 867-5777.

During the run of A Christmas Carol, the Players will be sponsoring a voluntary holiday food drive benefitting the Community Food Cupboard. The Food Cupboard, located in Manchester, serves 15 regional towns. Donations of dry and canned goods and personal care products are especially appreciated and may be dropped off in the Playhouse Cafe before or after the performance.

The Dorset Playhouse is located at 104 Cheney Road, Dorset.

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