Fairleigh Dickinson University will present two performances of A Christmas Carol at Wilson Auditorium on Tuesday, December 6 at 3 and 7 p.m. This heartwarming show-of-the-season is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of literary master, Charles Dickens. Gerald, an actor and producer hailing from Oxford, England, will perform his captivating rendition of this timeless holiday classic.
Gerald bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867 reading his literary works before spellbound audiences. The historians report that A Christmas Carol was his favorite piece to perform. According to Gerald, his great-great grandfather adored theater and initially wanted to be an actor but pursued writing as a career for practical purposes. For many years Gerald says that he himself “avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague”. But in 1993 when a friend asked him to do a reading of A Christmas Carol on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for a historical restoration project, he couldn’t turn him down. To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it and has been delighting audiences around the world with his rendition ever since.
During his energetic one-man show, Dickens brings A Christmas Carol to life. He leaps, he sobs, he laughs…as he entertains…depicting 26 characters of the classic tale, with just a table, wing chair, and hat rack accompanying him on stage. He has created different postures and voices for each character, achieving this so adeptly that the audience has no doubt about “who is who”, so to speak.
Mr. Dickens will be available to sign a special selection of books and gifts during a public reception to be held immediately following each performance at 5pm and 8:30pm.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at door. To purchase tickets please call 201.692.6500. Show note: Doors will close promptly at 3pm and 7pm for these special performances.
Wilson Auditorium is located in Dickinson Hall at 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack.
Parking: Rothman Center - Visitor Parking Lot (corner of Temple Avenue & University Plaza Drive). Please Note: After 5:00PM, visitors can also park in Dickinson Hall parking lot.