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    Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

    Erik Warmbein, a sophomore history major from Pittsburgh, portrays Ebenezer Scrooge in the Slippery Rock University Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” The production, adapted by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, will be a 70-minute, no intermission performance. Photos by Elizabeth Linton, a freshman music performance and music therapy major from Cranberry Township.

    Reading native participating on SRU Theatre’s holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

    SLIPPERY ROCK – Slippery Rock University Theatre will bring Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol” to life at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 3-6. A 2 p.m. matinee is slated for Dec. 2. All performances are in the University Union Multipurpose Room.

    The production, adapted by David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre, will be a 70-minute, no intermission performance.

    “(David) took Dickens’ work and adapted it to the stage and has directed two previous productions … now I’m picking it up,” said Deanna Brookens, an associate professor of theatre and director of this year’s production.

    Twenty-nine SRU students and a handful of grade school children from Slippery Rock Area Elementary School comprise the cast.

    SRU students from your area participating on the cast and staff include the following:

    • Kelli Bampton, master electrician and a sophomore resort, recreation, and hospitality major from Reading.

    Community members participating include the following:

    • Isabelle DeMarco, playing “Child Scrooge,” is a 4th grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.
    • Jenson Dudash, playing a “Cratchit Child,” is a 5th grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.
    • Zachary Geisner, playing “Tiny Tim,” a 3rd grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.
    • Ellie Jedrzejewski, playing a “Cratchit Child,” is a 5th grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.
    • Ben Mumaw, playing a “Cratchit Child,” is a 2nd grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.
    • Shaun Starke, playing “Fezziwig,” is an SRU alumnus and community member.
    • Lauren Wallace, playing “Hannah (Nephew’s Daughter),” is a 5th grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.
    • Libby White, playing “Boy,” is a 5th grader attending Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.

    “While the story is a pretty black and white tale of a man who is reformed, something that was really important to me was the poverty of the time period,” said Brookens. “I was thinking about how when times are tough financially, we often see people do one of two things: try to preserve themselves by saving their money and serving themselves, such as what Scrooge did, or use the means that they have to help others.

    “That’s why Charles Dickens was writing this story, to respond to the poverty at the time… This is why this story is so important, because we still see poverty and we have choices as people: help ourselves or help others.”

    Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for SRU students and children under 18. A “Community Night” admission of $10 for all attendees is scheduled for the Dec. 1 performance.

    Tickets can be purchased at the Smith Student Information Desk, by calling 724.738.4926, online by clicking here or the University Union Box Office.

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