Scrooge re­turns

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Award­win­ning ac­tor John Hardy re­turns to Castle­ton to per­form an amaz­ing one-man ren­di­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic hol­i­day tale, A Christ­mas Carol, Sun­day, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Adapted by Hardy from the orig­i­nal Dick­ens novel, this Castle­ton in Per­for­mance (CiP) hol­i­day show at the 140-seat The­atre House por­trays Hardy in more than 40 roles, telling the beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christ­mas jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery.

“It is a loyal adap­ta­tion of the book,” said Hardy. “A Christ­mas Carol is one of the best-known sto­ries in the world and I wanted to re­tain, as much as pos­si­ble, the essence of the book in its orig­i­nal form.”

The play fol­lows the orig­i­nal story, scene by scene. From the be­gin­ning of the play through the end, Hardy never changes cos­tume or leaves the stage, por­tray­ing all 40 char­ac­ters through vari­a­tions in ac­cent and speech pat­tern, as well as phys­i­cal traits.

“Be­ing an ac­tor my­self I ap­pre­ci­ate the enor­mous chal­lenge such a one­man show with mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters rep­re­sents,” said Castle­ton CEO and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Di­etlinde Maazel. “I am in awe of Mr. Hardy, who com­bines as­tound­ing the­atri­cal vir­tu­os­ity with deeply mov­ing, hon­est act­ing.”

Tick­ets will go fast for this one-of-a-kind CiP play and range from $20 to $40. Call 703.489.8704 or visit www.Castle­tonFes­ti­val.org to pur­chase tick­ets.

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