Christ­mas Carol On The Av­enue tick­ets now on sale

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - From Larry Fe­cho

Back By Pop­u­lar De­mand, and now in its fifth big year, the fes­tive in­ter­ac­tive hol­i­day sen­sa­tion, “A Christ­mas Carol,” with a Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch Twist, strolls joy­ously into West Read­ing, once again, spon­sored by the L.O.V.E. Team of West Read­ing, Solve IT So­lu­tions and Cu­ri­ous on the Av­enue. Since it’s de­but in 2014 this won­drous trav­el­ing show has played to stand­ing room only and has de­lighted au­di­ences of all ages. Pre­sented by Fe­choPro­duc­tions.com

This de­light­ful event be­gins and ends at Cu­ri­ous on the Av­enue, at 605 Penn Av­enue, in their idyl­lic court­yard. When guests ar­rive they will be treated to a wine tast­ing, pro­vided by the award win­ning Starv­ing Artist Win­ery, and there is also com­pli­men­tary cheese and crack­ers, and ap­ple cider for those un­der­age or non-drinkers.

The mag­i­cal sto­ry­telling be­gins at Cu­ri­ous as the au­di­ence meets old Scrooge who is about to go on his rounds. The au­di­ence is trans­ported back in time to the streets of Olde West Read­ing Towne. Scrooge, him­self plays the surly em­cee of this de­light­fully fun and won­der­fully home­spun treat­ment of the Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic. Chil­dren and adults love it, gig­gling be­tween the com­edy and the dra­matic twists, as they also get a mini-tour of his­toric West Read­ing.

Ebenezer Scrooge spins the time-hon­ored tale, as the au­di­ence walks along with Scrooge, mak­ing sev­eral stops at var­i­ous West Read­ing busi­nesses to meet other char­ac­ters and fur­ther the story line. At each par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­ness, guests will be of­fered com­pli­men­tary snacks or non-al­co­holic re­fresh­ments, as well. As old Scrooge be­gins to find some faith and trust in his fel­low man and is re­minded what a bless­ing each day of life is, this unique retelling of the Dick­ens’ clas­sic wends its way back to Cu­rios, as the au­di­ence and the cast sing Christ­mas car­ols!

A Christ­mas Carol on the Av­enue is the brain­child of pro­ducer L. .J Fe­cho, owner and founder of Fe­cho Pro­duc­tions and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of Ge­n­e­sius Theatre. Fe­cho adapted the script from the book by Charles Dick­ens. The in­ter­ac­tive show has a cast of seven ac­tors, who play mul­ti­ple roles and even au­di­ence mem­bers are called upon to por­tray var­i­ous char­ac­ters. This year’s pro­duc­tion fea­tures, once again, Vicki Nu­nis and Chris­tine Cieplin­ski, two women, who al­ter­nate play­ing the in­fa­mous Ebenezer Scrooge. In ad­di­tion, Fe­cho, also co-wrote, along with writ­ing part­ner Michael O’Fla­herty, the mu­si­cal A Con­necti­cut Christ­mas Carol, be­ing pre­sented this De­cem­ber at the fa­mous Good­speed Opera House in Con­necti­cut, di­rected by Hunter Fos­ter, and star­ring Robert Cuc­ci­oli as Scrooge. Note: Mr. Cuc­ci­oli is well known for his crit­i­cally ac­claimed por­trayal of the ti­tle role in the orig­i­nal Broad­way pro­duc­tion of Jekyll and Hyde.

The Christ­mas Carol In­ter­ac­tive Walk­ing Tour starts De­cem­ber 8 and runs De­cem­ber 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. There are two per­for­mances per night:

Per­for­mance No. 1: Doors Open at 5 p.m., Show Time 5:30 p.m.

Per­for­mance No. 2: Doors Open at 6:30 p.m., Show Time at 7:00 p.m.

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion please visit fe­chopro­duc­tions.com or gen­e­sius­d­if­fer­ence.org.

PHOTO BY JA­SON A. HUGG

Cast of A Christ­mas Carol On The Av­enue Walk­ing Tour

PHOTO BY JA­SON A. HUGG

Ghost of Christ­mas fu­ture

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