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A Different Christmas Carol- NC Arts Everyday

A Different Christmas Carol- NC Arts Everyday

Salisbury native David zum Brunnen stars in Dr. Elliot Engel’s The Night Before Christmas Carol on UNC-TV, Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. The program, filmed on location in the State Library Room of the State Capitol Building in Raleigh brings viewers into Charles Dickens’ study on Friday, Oct. 13, 1843 to reveal his writing process and inspirations for his work. Engel, a scholar, author and playwright combines history and humor to tell the tale. View of a clip of the EbzB production at

About Dr. Elliot Engel

Review: War Bonds

The Citizen Times, Scottsville, Kentucky - November 25, 2010

War Bonds: A DIRECT HIT - The North Carolina based husband-wife professional theatrical team of David zum Brunnen and Serena Ebhardt put on their nationally acclaimed show, "War Bonds," last Thursday at The Center for Courageous Kids. An event sponsored by the Allen County-Scottsville Arts Council in Kentucky.  With Ebhardt's Broadway caliber singing and zum Brunnen's oratory of original wartime letters from World War II veterans, War Bonds features the music and aura of history's greatest conflict.  The county's World War II veterans were admitted free to the dinner theater event.

Compliment: War Bonds

"War Bonds was a "BIG" hit in Scottsville, KY.  We had a sold out house and lots of WWII vets came and were honored.  It was fun for me to know the actors."  

 - Hannah Ryan, Presenter, Allen County-Scottsville Arts Council.

Jefferson Post - ‘Night Before Christmas Carol’ at Civic Center

Jefferson Post - ‘Night Before Christmas Carol’ at Civic Center


The Ashe Civic Center will come alive with the historically accurate and highly humorous theatre production of ‘The Night Before Christmas Carol’ on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Join your family and friends for the one night only performance and get into the holiday spirit.

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On an evening in 1843 he creates his ghostly little classic, ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and seventeen familiar characters from the famous Christmas Carol. Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright and lecturer, Dr. Elliot Engel has crafted this entertaining work that complements the holiday season.

‘The Night Before Christmas Carol,’ sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council is presented by EbzB Productions. Founded in 1998 by Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen, EbzB is a North Carolina theatre company that specializes in s…

Beaufort County Now in Washington NC » Upon the Stage » A Dickens of a Time


A Dickens of a Time Author: Wyatt Sanderman Day | Published: December 5th, 2010

    In just about 60 minutes at the Turnage Theater, Friday night, December 3, 2010, we got a glimpse of who Charles Dickens was, and what possessed him to create his Christmas opus, "A Christmas Carol." I sat transfixed in my seat in the balcony of the renovated former theater, mesmerized by the palpable presentation of the one act, one man play "A Night Before Christmas Carol."

    "A Night Before Christmas Carol" is the brainchild of Elliot Engel, Charles Dickens scholar, who is published extensively on the subject, and this Friday night, through the actor's guise of David Zum Brunnen, we got a certain taste of who the writer was, who he is in message. And with Charles Dickens, it was always about the message.

    This was the night that we got a triple dose of it all: A history / s…

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  Please excuse my tardiness in sending you this message.  The delay in no way reduces the absolute joy that I felt in your presentation of "War Bonds."  People throughout the community still stop me on the street and in the stores to express their gratitude for that evening.  The reporter from the local newspaper summed it up with these words, "Pure class!"  This was, undoubtedly, one of the best received presentations that our arts council has ever sponsored.  So, on behalf of the council and the staff at the Center for Courageous Kids, please accept our deepest gratitude for a magnificent performance.
   On a personal note, I sincerely appreciate your cooperative spirit and warm personalities.  It was a pleasure to work with you.  I hope to do it again. Blessings!

Ken Goforth
P. S.  Our ticket sales allowed us to give the camp over $2,000.00 as their part of the proceeds.

The Night Before Christmas Carol Airs On Stations Across America 2010/12/02

EbzB Productions’ The Night Before Christmas Carol Airing This Month On Public Broadcasting Stations Across America

EbzB Productions’ The Night Before Christmas Carol Airing This Month  On Public Broadcasting Stations Across America

Apex, NC
  - EbzB Productions is delighted to announce the national distribution and television broadcast of Dr. Elliot Engel’s The Night Before Christmas Carol featuring David zum Brunnen.  The program, distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), will air this month on public television stations across America. To view the promotional clip, please visit

The Night Before Christmas Carol was filmed on location in the State Library Room of the State Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina. Emmy Award winner, Scott H. Davis directs the film production. Stage Director: Serena Ebhardt; Director of Cinematography & Lighting: Warren Gentry; Production Crew: Jim Haverkamp, Don Mercz, and Marley Toben; Post-production editing: Warren Gentry & Associates, Inc.; Post-production sound mix: Ant…

'Night Before Christmas Carol' performance in Independence - Photo Gallery -