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Shakespeare meets Dickens get in the mood for Christmas

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The ATB community room was packed to the walls for Shakespeare in the park’s second annual Shakespeare meets Dickens’ fundraising show, Dec. 12.

Bryson Brown and Austin Halarewich read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was only able to stShakespeare in the Park performers and board members read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Photo by Richard Ameryay for a couple Christmas Carols, and Richard Epp’s Reader’s Theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “ A Christmas Carol.”

 It was well done, with a lot of familiar faces reading the Christmas Classic. They had several different narrators including artistic director Kate Connolly.
 There were also familiar faces from previous  Shakespeare in the park production including this summer’s ”A Comedy of Errors.” Cole Fetting stood out in numerous roles as did Austin Halarewich as did Jeff Graham’s Bob Crattchett.

Two different actors read the role of Scrooge including Bryson Brown, who read the first part of the story and John Poulsen took over mid way though the story.

Bell ringer Lucy Graham added sound effects and soundscape including the chiming of the clock as Scrooge waited for his ghosts to visit.

Stephanie Savage sings during Shakespeare meets Dickens, Dec.12. Photo by Richard Amery
A couple beautiful singers wound up the first half of the show as Chris Peterson, who starred in Romeo and Juliet last year,  sang a sultry version of “ Santa Baby” as she wove through the packed floor.
Stephanie Savage, who was stage manager for “A Comedy of Errors” displayed her gorgeous voice on “ All I Want For Christmas is You.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

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