The Concord Players presents “A Christmas Carol” reading

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM

As part of Concord’s annual holiday celebration, on Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 pm Concord Players member Johnny Kinsman will perform a dramatic reading of the beloved holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, with illustrative slides, at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center.

Victorians rejoiced when Dickens' novella was published in 1843, hailing it as "a new gospel," and adopting Scrooge's happy new greeting for the holiday: Merry Christmas!  Readings and performances of “A Christmas Carol” quickly became a beloved holiday tradition in Victorian England, and the story of Scrooge's redemption has remained a classic for every generation since.

Kinsman, who grew up in Concord, is an actor, director, producer, writer and storyteller who cut his teeth in theatre at Act/Tunes, now Concord Youth Theatre. His professional career was launched with a BFA in Theater from Syracuse University where he received the prestigious Edward G. Greer Award for Excellence in Classical Acting.

He is currently Associate Artistic Director for Anthem Theater in Boston where his work includes both Dromios in A Comedy of Errors; Fezziwig in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol; Coach "Friar" Lawrence in Romeo vs. Juliet (which he also penned); Flynn in The Merry Way; and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night of the Living Dead.

Kinsman admits to being sentimental and has loved Dickens' story since he was a child.  "I feel like my soul is refreshed every time I read it," he says.  "It's a feeling I want to share with everyone I meet."

The Concord Players are pleased to present this free event to the town in a celebration of good will during the holiday season.