‘Christmas Carol’ gets reader’s theater staging at Kent-Trumbull

Kent State University at Trumbull Theater will present a stripped-down version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for a one weekend run.

“We found ourselves without a holiday show, due to various issues that cropped up,” said Eric Kildow, artistic director for the theater department. “What can we do relatively quick, relatively easy that would still have appeal? Well, everyone loves ‘A Christmas Carol.’ There’s a reason they used to do it all the time.”

Without the time to do a full-blown production like the ones that Kent-Trumbull used to stage in the ’90s, they decided to do an intimate reader’s theater version of the tale, similar to a radio play.

Peter Byrne will direct the production and is joined by Joe Toto, Jenna Cintavey and Hannah Gillespie, and the four actors will portray all of the characters in the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and how he learns to embrace the Christmas spirit after being visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve.

“Peter cast himself in the Dickens’ role, so he’ll be doing the narration,” Kildow said. “They’re literally reading the novella, so all of that wonderful Dickensian descriptors and language will be a part of this.”

Instead of using the theater, “A Christmas Carol” will be presented in the Student Union, and hot cocoa, cider and sweet treats will be served.