This December, a stellar community cast once again brings to life the classic story of redemption and the true holiday spirit when the Tower Theatre Foundation presents the Bend Experimental Art Theatre (B.E.A.T.) production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This family-friendly tale of Tiny Tim teaching Scrooge the importance of compassion runs nightly at 7:30 pm, December 17-20.

The play, an original adaptation by Howard Schor and directed by Mary Kilpatrick, features Rick Jenkins as “Scrooge” leading an intergenerational cast of the area’s best adult and youth actors.

“This production, first staged in 2008, is now a Christmas-time tradition for Bend,” said Ray Solley, Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation. “It’s a perfect retelling of the Olde England story, with its ghosts and timeless message of kindness, by the talented youth and adults of Central Oregon.” While the adaptation holds very closely to Dickens’ original novella, “there are several surprise twists, so don’t assume you know what is coming!”, adds Schor, Executive Director and co-founder of B.E.A.T.

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 is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to maintaining and operating the historic theatre and making the best in performing arts available and accessible to all citizens of Central Oregon. Program information, group discounts, gift certificates, season and individual tickets are available at the Tower Theatre box office, or at www.towertheatre.org.

This local production—with educational and community outreach components—is made possible in part by grants from Deschutes Cultural Coalition and the Jeld-Wen Tradition Foundation.

What:       “A Christmas Carol”

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

When:      Friday, Dec. 17 through Monday, Dec. 20

               7:30 pm nightly

Tickets:    Reserved seating

               $19 & $25 adults; $15 children (12 and under)

               541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org

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