What's the holiday season without Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol?
Mark your calendars for December 9 when well-known Chicago actor and musician Frank Babbitt will present A Christmas Carol as a solo performance with musical underscore.
Lyric Opera's Babbitt performance will be of the 1868 Public Reading Text that Dickens used while on his public reading tours in Europe and America.
Mr. Babbitt notes, “Dickens was an enthusiastic actor and first read the "Carol" in public as a benefit for a charitable organization that assisted the poor. The central message of the piece is the true celebration of what Scrooge's nephew observes as ‘a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely.’”
Donations and canned goods will be accepted to help support the Maine Township Food Pantry. A reception will follow the performance. Babbitt will also have CDs available for purchase.
The Dec. 9 show will be at 3 p.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave. Register online at www.stlukespr.org or call 847-825-6659 for more information.
-Information provided by St. Luke's Lutheran Church