(Posted December 3, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Lovers of literature and theatre will have a chance to see a Charles Dickens classic brought to life during a staged reading by Juniata College students of "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 in the performing arts movement studio in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and all proceeds will be directed to benefit the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation.

"A Christmas Carol: The Reading" will be performed in the downstairs Performing Arts Movement Studio. Directed by Neil Utterback, assistant professor of theatre, the reading features Juniata College theatre majors.

"A Christmas Carol" is one of Dickens' most enduring stories. The central story focuses on Ebenezer Scrooge, who says "humbug" to the holidays. But as he sees the humanity of the Cratchit family, and aided by timely visits from several ghosts, the crotchety old man becomes a believer in the Christmas spirit.

The Juniata theatre students participating in the reading are: Kaetlyn Kuchta, a senior from Shickshinny, Pa.; Sara Lucchini, a junior from San Diego, Calif.; Gary Shoemaker, a junior from Summerdale, Pa.; Lauren Hitzhusen, a junior from Houston, Texas; Emily Evey, a sophomore from Hollidaysburg, Pa.; Bryanna Kifolo, a freshman from State College, Pa.; Julia Mathis, a freshman from Collegeville, Pa.; Alyssa Newberg, a freshman from Derwood, Md.; Andrew Kilpatrick, a sophomore from Johnstown, Pa.; Megan Smith, a sophomore from Scranton, Pa.; Holly Souchack, a freshman from Scarsdale, N.Y.; Jamer Monella, a freshman from Morrisdale, Pa.; Jessi Denison, a junior from Cooperstown, N.Y.; Sara Deppenbrook, a senior from Beaver Falls, Pa.; Alex Hanbury, a freshman from Newington, Pa.; Lauren Dobbs, a freshman from Hillsborough, N.C.; Libby Casey, a junior from Lancaster, Pa.; Ethen Farrell, a sophomore from Damascus, Md.; and Wendy Briggs, a freshman from Springfield, Va.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.