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Theatre Presents 'A Christmas Carol'

Emporia State University Theatre’s third annual radio drama performance of “A Christmas Carol,” the timeless classic by Charles Dickens, will be December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre. The performance will be streamed online, but it can also be watched live in the theatre. A suggested donation of $5 or a contribution of stable food items can be made at the door for the live performance. Cash donations will go toward theatre scholarships. Food items will be contributed to Corky’s Cupboard. 

This tradition began in 2016 when Dan Matisa first adaptated the show for the radio. When Matisa left for another teaching position in Illinois, the radio show continued. Last year’s performance was led by visiting professor Bob Hart, who returns this year in the role of Scrooge. This year, the production is under the helm of Dennis Turney, our new assistant professor of acting. He will take on the role of the narrator.  

“I am very excited to participate in this tradition and one I hope will continue,” Turney said. “My dear friend, Dan Matisa, started this and I feel a personal connection to it that way. I’m also looking forward to reading alongside students and meeting students that I haven’t met yet. It’s the first thing I’m going to be a part of artistically here on the stage and I’m very excited and honored to be a part of that.”

Before the program goes live there will be a Christmas carol sing-along. People of all ages are encouraged to listen online at or to attend the live performance on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall.