Friday, December 21, 2012

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol: Tryon, NC.

"DAVID WAS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL at OUR 1ST EVENT FOR THE 'FAMILY' (as opposed to retirees.)  I was AMAZED at how the kids responded!  You could hear a pin drop, the audience was so focused on the performance. PERFECT!"


-Beth Child
Director
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Tryon, NC



Christmas events held recently at the Tryon Fine Arts Center were well attended and enjoyed by patrons of all ages. Above, actor David zum Brunnen talks with Jackson Geddings, Jack Tinkler, Lorie Geddings and Madison Geddings after zum Brunnen’s performance as Charles Dickens in The Night Before Christmas Carol. This scholarly and entertaining one-man show provided a glimpse into Dickens’ world and imagination.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

If it plays in Peoria... Night Before Christmas Carol

ICC Guest Artists Series presents The Night Before Christmas Carol
By ICC MARKETING DEPARTMENT | Published: DECEMBER 7, 2012


History, humor and the holiday come to life as the Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents The Night Before Christmas Carol on Friday, December 21, at 7:30 pm, in the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria.
The Night Before Christmas Carol is a theatrical performance which studies author Charles Dickens and gives personal, social and historical context to his classic tale, A Christmas Carol. Dr. Eliot Engel, a Dickens scholar and author, wrote this show in which actor David zum Brunnen brings to life Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters on stage.
Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, visit the Ticketing area of our web site. For more information, call the box office at (309) 694-5136.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mountain Express: The Night Before Christmas Carol



A Dickens of a Show

By Jen Nathan Orris on 12/16/2012 06:21 AM

The playbill of A Christmas Carol is usually a long one, filled with dozens of actors portraying everyone from Ebenezer Scrooge to the ghosts of all things past, present and future. But what if one man attempted to capture all 17 characters?

Actor David zum Brunnen will portray all of Dickens' favorite holiday characters at the Tryon Fine Arts Center's production of The Night Before Christmas Carol. This touring one-man show is funny, yet historically accurate. It was written by Dickens scholar Eliot Engel, who was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England.

The Night Before Christmas Carol will be performed Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. $5 adults; $3 students. Info: www.tryonarts.org.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Brown v. Board - Cabarrus Arts Council

Brown v. Board of Education: Over Fifty Years Later

Written and Directed by Serena Ebhardt 

Featuring Mike Wiley

 

Cabarrus County Arts Council

http://cabarrusartscouncil.org/arts-education/programs/

November 26-29, 2012

Brown v. Board recounts the effects of the decision on the families who participated in the original 1952 Supreme Court case, the impact of the ruling on school systems at the time and the challenges still being made today. 

Study Guide

ICC hosts Night Before Christmas Carol - Chillicothe, IL - Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

ICC hosts holiday show - Chillicothe, IL - Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL ICC hosts holiday show EAST PEORIA —History, humor and the holiday come to life as the Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents The Night Before Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria.
EAST PEORIA —History, humor and the holiday come to life as the Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents The Night Before Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria. The Night Before Christmas Carol is a theatrical performance which studies author Charles Dickens and gives personal, social and historical context to his classic tale, A Christmas Carol. Dr. Eliot Engel, a Dickens scholar and author, wrote this show in which actor David zum Brunnen brings to life Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters on stage. Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $10 for students. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.ArtsAtICC.com, or call the box office at 694-5136.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Play tells story behind Dickens’ famous work - Winston-Salem Journal: News


Play tells story behind Dickens’ famous work - Winston-Salem Journal: News

David Zum Brunnen will play Charles Dickens in "The Night Before Christmas Carol" at the Brock Performing Arts Center on Dec. 8.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 am
Lisa O'Donnell/Winston-Salem Journal

Elliot Engel has devoted much of his life to studying Charles Dickens.
But when it came to watching “A Christmas Carol” performed on stage, Engel had reached his limit.

He figured others had, too.

“I didn’t think the world needed one more performance of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” Engel said with a laugh.

So Engel wrote a play himself, a one-man play that focuses on Dickens and how he came to write “A Christmas Carol,” one of the most enduring stories in the Christmas canon.
Engel’s play, “The Night Before Christmas Carol,” will be performed Sunday at the Brock Performing Arts Center in Mocksville. David zum Brunnen will play the role of Dickens.
The setting is Oct. 13, 1843, a good two months before the novella hit the streets of London. Engel, who said he has read almost every book written about Dickens, mixed fact and fiction to re-create the story’s origins.

“He wanted to educate the British public of the 1840s on the perils of being poor and the responsibility of being rich,” said Engel, a Raleigh resident who has taught at Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University.

The book was an immediate sensation in England. Today, the tale of a miser’s Christmas Eve transformation is most familiar to people as a play, not a book.

Engel said he wrote his play to shed more light on the book.

“Dickens wrote it as fiction. But the problem with that is that you get all this wonderful dialogue, but all the description is lost,” Engel said. “Dickens is good at dialogue, but brilliant at description. I wanted to try to recapture Dickens’ point of view. What you get with a play is the director’s point of view.”

Two hundred years after Dickens’ birth, his story has become universally beloved. This Christmas, homes around the world will be decorated with Dickens’ villages, complete with Tiny Tim and Scrooge figurines. Carolers will dress in Victorian-era costumes, tapping into a vein of nostalgia, in an age of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“We are just far enough away from Dickens’ period that it’s antique and nostalgic,” Engel said. “We’re crazy about anything that is Victorian because it seems quaint and far away. It’s a golden age. The 21 st century loves Dickens in a way the 19 th century didn’t.”

Engel, a regular visitor to Davie County, noted that the “single most famous work about the Christmas spirit” is being performed an hour away from the birthplace of O. Henry, whose short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” Engel called “the second most famous story written about the Christmas spirit.”

Sidniee Suggs, the executive director of the Davie County Arts Council, said the play offers theater patrons a twist on a familiar tale.

“We could all go to High Point to see a wonderful version of the ‘A Christmas Carol,’” Suggs said in reference to the annual performance of the play by the N.C. Shakespeare Festival. “But here, we’re offering something a little different. You’re getting ‘A Christmas Carol’ from a totally different perspective.”


If You Go
WHAT: The Night Before Christmas Carol
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Sunday
WHERE: Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N. Main St., Mocksville
TICKETS: $12 for adults; $10 for students/seniors, call the box office at (336)751-3000

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Compliment: Night Before Christmas Carol and Dickens Food and Froth

Thank you David for outstanding performances .... the many festival attendees were so impressed with your performance -- they were in awe and delighted.  They want to know when you will be coming back to perform other shows !

You and Serena are such gifted persons and your love of the arts and what you do is so apparent to your audiences.

Thank you -- God Bless you both and have a joyous and spirit filled season.

Will talk soon.

Jeanette Serens
President
Brunswick Arts Council
Dickens Festival
Southport, NC

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tryon Fine Arts Center starts family series with a ‘Dickens Of A Show’


David zum Brunnen will play Charles Dicking in the touring production of “The Night Before Christmas Carol” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p,m. at

Charles Dickens will appear on the Main Stage at Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) played by actor David zum Brunnen in the touring production of “The Night Before Christmas Carol” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p,m.

History, humor and the holiday come to life as zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and 17 other familiar characters, giving personal, social and historical context to the ghostly classic, A Christmas Carol.

This production, described as “…a theatrical daring-do” by the Cape May NJ Star, has toured throughout the United States and is broadcast annually on national public television. The Star goes on to say, “…David zum Brunnen…is lively, physical and energetic…I can think of no better way to get into the holiday spirit.”

This acclaimed one-man show has provided family entertainment for thousands. It is historically accurate, humorous and full of happy holiday spirit. The playwright, Dr. Eliot Engel currently of Raleigh, is an internationally known Dickens scholar, recently inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England. Besides teaching at the University of North Carolina, NC State and Duke, he has written 10 books, published articles in numerous national magazines, and has given literary and historical programs throughout the world for elementary, middle, high school and adult audiences.

This is the first of two special events planned for families by Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Arts in Education. Performer Billy Jonas will perform on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2013. Ticket prices for these events are set at just a few dollars to encourage families to participate in live theater together.

The Night Before Christmas Carol is sponsored by the Kirby Endowment at Polk County Community Foundation. For tickets or more information, please call Tryon Fine Arts Center at 828-859-8322. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tryon Fine Arts Center, located on Melrose Avenue in the town of Tryon, has been a center for participation in the visual and performing arts for over 43 years attracting a diverse range of audiences.

– article submitted by Marianne Carruth



"Dickens' Food and Froth" in Southport, NC



In Memory of Claude Earnhardt

As Dickens himself noted,“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself." .....And Claude Earnhardt certainly lived in such a manner, with the joy, love and generosity of his vibrant life. His genuine spirit will be come to mind often during the "Night Before Christmas Carol" touring this week.