Saturday, November 24, 2018 — Sunday, November 25, 2018
- A Christmas Carol: Saturday at 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
- Sunday at 7:00 pm: We’re pleased to be donating our fourth performance of “A Christmas Carol” to Umass Memorial Children’s Medical Center this year. For 29 years, our annual Starlight Santa has benefited local pediatrics so we’re happy to be able to let Dickens’ story—as performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson—make a similar impact during the holiday that every child should look forward to. Tickets to this show are available directly through UMass.
Thanksgiving Weekend’s Performance of A Christmas Carol
Each winter, hundreds of thousands of families integrate Dickens’ masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, into their holiday traditions. Although there are countless versions—literary devices, stage adaptations, and full-length feature films—we are pleased to offer a unique experience that fits Vaillancourt’s vision of tradition: Dickens by Dickens.
Charles Dickens made two visits to the United States, 1848 and 1868 (which include a stop at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall), during these trips he performed readings of his classical masterpiece. Although we aren’t able to bring Charles back to life, we are pleased that his great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens, has decided to make this tradition lives on with a theatrical, one-man performance of A Christmas Carol.
Mr. Dickens adopts different voices, expressions, and mannerisms to portray each of the story’s twenty-six characters in this acclaimed one-man show. Brought to the United States each year by American Christmas company, Byers’ Choice, Dickens kicks off his the East Coast leg of his American tour each year since 2009 at Vaillancourt Folk Art’s Blaxton Hall theatre.
Each performance, approximately one hour and twenty minutes, is not recommended for children under the age of 8 years old. After each performance, Dickens is available to sign any of the products offered at the Vaillancourt Gallery.
Seeing Dickens’ work, performed by Dickens, is truly a one of a kind tradition to remember forever.