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Bend’s Holiday Family Tradition Returns!

Bend’s Holiday Family Tradition Returns!

TOWER THEATRE FOUNDATION and B.E.A.T. present

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

Bend’s Holiday Family Tradition Returns!

Bend, OR (Nov. 3, 2009) -- This December, a stellar community cast of youth and adults once again brings to life the classic story of redemption and the true holiday spirit. Bend Experimental Art Theatre (B.E.A.T.) and the Tower Theatre Foundation reunite to co-produce an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” as Tiny Tim teaches Scrooge the importance of compassion.

In its inaugural production December 2008, “A Christmas Carol” thrilled 1,500 families, plus nearly 2,000 children from Central Oregon school districts. This year, the holiday magic continues December 17-22 with two daytime performances for school children, a half-priced matinee, and five evening shows.

The play, adapted by Howard Schor and directed by Mary Kilpatrick, features Rick Jenkins as “Scrooge” leading many of the area’s best actors in two casts: a traditional “community cast” of adults and children and—for the school performances and matinee—a “youth cast” of school-aged children portraying many of the “adult” roles.

“This production has quickly established itself as a Christmas-time tradition for Bend,” said Ray Solley, Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation. “It’s a perfect blend of the Olde England story with its ghosts and timeless message of kindness as told by the talented youth and adults of Central Oregon.” While adaptation holds very closely to Dickens’ original novella, “there are several surprise twists, so don’t assume you know what is coming!”, adds Schor, who is also Executive Director and co-founder of B.E.A.T.

The partners in this joint venture have worked together since 2006 to provide exciting theatre experiences for child actors and adult audiences.

B.E.A.T. (www.beatonline.org) is dedicated to nurturing both experienced and budding performers, ages 7-21. Deeply involved with schools, educators and students across the region, B.E.A.T.’s mission is to teach workshops and classes and present performances that expand the artistic, educational and social abilities of young actors, while enhancing the cultural experience for audiences of all ages.

The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic venue in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians.

This unique production—with its educational and community outreach components—is made possible in part by grants from: Deschutes Cultural Coalition; Autzen Foundation; Jeld-Wen Tradition Foundation; and Roundhouse Foundation.

Program information, group discounts and individual tickets to this holiday gift for children and families of Central Oregon are available at the Tower Theatre box office, or at www.towertheatre.org.

What: “A Christmas Carol”

Where: The Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon

When: Public performances by community cast

Friday, Dec. 18 through Tuesday, Dec. 22

7:30 pm nightly

Matinee performance by youth cast

Sunday, Dec. 20

2 pm

Tickets: Reserved seating

Tickets start at $18 adults, $12 children

541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org

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