“The Christmas Carol - Jacksonville Edition” by Ken Bradbury will be performed Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 400 W. Morgan in Jacksonville. Charles Dickens may not recognize this version of his famous Christmas script, but area audiences will be delighted to hear the tale of Scrooge, Marley and the various yuletide ghosts.
Tickets are $5 (children 3 and under are free) with all proceeds to benefit the Lincoln Land Community College-Jacksonville and Beardstown scholarship fund. Tickets are available in advance, beginning Nov. 26, at LLCC-Jacksonville, 32 N. Central Park Plaza, or at the door the day and evening of the performances. Tickets will also be available at the Ken Bradbury production of “Hootenanny!” Nov. 24, 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.
You won’t need any knowledge of Jacksonville to enjoy this rewriting of the Dickens classic. “It’ll be just like old-time radio, complete with singing commercials and a sound effects man,” said Bradbury. “There’ll be some old pros and some first-time actors on the stage. Everyone from bankers to a former mayor of Jacksonville and even a couple of talented LLCC-Jacksonville staff will be featured.”
The lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by LLCC Advisory Committee member Keith Bradbury, and LLCC-Jacksonville’s Jan Terry and Maryjane Million are members of the cast, along with Alan Stare, Gary Scott, Bob Large, Bill Meier, Sylvia Burke, John Love, Erin Washington, Mike Fender, Eddie Carpenter, Barb Gatlin, Ginny Fanning, Jodi Heitbrink, Bruce Surratt, Katie Phelps, Tony Williams, Donna Stare, Marc Steinberg, Ron Tendick, Karl Bockemeier, Parker Carls, Nathan Carls and Carrie Carls.