Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg is proud to announce a performance of Charles Dickens’  A Christmas Carol, to be performed on December 18, 2016, in their Parish Hall on East Washington Street.  Stephen Mead will be the recitalist. He has made a specialty of performing works by Charles Dickens, playing all the characters himself and using only his body, voice and imagination, all united with the audience to create the scene.

Mr. Mead was trained as an actor at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and has had the honor of being invited to perform his adaption of A Christmas Carol for three years in a row at the Dickens festival in Rochester, Kent, England, Dickens’ home town. He has also appeared at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In addition, he performed a solo tour all over Switzerland for the Federation of Anglo-Swiss clubs, as well as coast to coast tours of the United States as support act for singer Stacy Earle. His performances include many other engagements in Britain, continental Europe and America, as well as one for the Arts Collection Funk (UK).

Since moving to the USA, Mr. Mead has worked with local authors Magnus Magus and Scott Courlander performing material especially written for him. He has appeared at Capital Fringe DC in one man shows for three years, for which he has been hailed for his “brilliant characterization” by DC Metro Theatre Arts, and as a “virtuoso” by DC Theatre Scene, as well as a “brilliant artist” by the Washington City Paper for his performances of shows playing multiple characters. The Alexandria Gazette hailed him as “masterful”.

The famous English novelist Charles Dickens prepared versions of some of his most beloved works as public readings, which were sensationally successful both in his country and in a tour he did of the United States. This performance by Stephen Mead is based on the performing version Dickens did as a reading, but Mr. Mead performs it from memory.

Come see and enjoy Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the other famous characters of the seasonal favorite brought to vivid life before your eyes. No scenery or costumes are used but you the audience will feel transported back to “Olde England” anyway! This is a funny, moving and dramatic performance, the perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit with its message of “Good will to all men”. The performance is suitable for all ages, especially those eight years and up. It is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes in length.

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