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Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood presents an online reading of “A Christmas Carol” with an all-female cast

Friday, November 27, 2020

It won’t be long before homes are made Christmas-cozy with the scent of pine, the sound of carols and the warmth of family traditions. The reading of A Christmas Carol is a tradition across the country, and this year marks our second year presenting this dramatic reading in Collingwood.  

2020 has been so unusual for everyone and more than ever we all need a treat, even if we have to experience it virtually.  We invite you to mull the cider, get comfy in your home, and tune into our staged reading of A Christmas Carol!  This show will be professionally filmed and live-streamed on Friday, December 18th.   By purchasing a link you will be able to watch the show at your leisure from December 18th to December 20th.   You may want to purchase some extra links as gifts for friends and family who you are not able to be with in person.  This could be an event you share virtually with each other!

Our readers this year will be our community VIPs and celebrities alongside our foley artist, Anne Raciunas, and musical director Greg Gibson.  (stay tuned for the cast list!)  The production will be professionally filmed at The Simcoe Street Theatre.  When you purchase a link to this show you are also helping to support your theatre company during a very difficult time. 

The story “A Christmas Carol” was written in 1843 and apparently written very quickly.  Dickens was seized with the idea and completed the little book in just under six weeks. He got the idea for the story after visiting the northern industrial town of Manchester, England. He made a speech there about the necessity of educating very poor children. Dickens wrote the book because he needed money, but he chose the theme as a response to the notorious poverty of the “hungry forties”. A week after the publication, A Christmas Carol had sold an astounding 6000 copies!


You will purchase a “ticket” for the low price of $25 plus HST, either online or by calling 705-445-2200. This will entitle you to a link to the performance, that you and your household may watch over a 48 hour time frame, beginning on Friday, December 18th at 7pm. The link will be sent to you prior to the show by email and our staff will be available to help you with any questions you may have. You will simply click on the private link and enjoy the show!

The wonderful thing about this virtual presentation is that it holds no geographical barriers, so please tell your friends and family, wherever they live in the world, that they may also buy the link. Or you may want to purchase it as a gift for someone.

Theatre Collingwood: Bringing great performances to our community for 36 years. And now from the comfort of your living room!


Erica Angus - Director

Melanie Case - Reader

Janet Fairbridge - Reader

Shirley Joost - Reader

Laurie May - Reader

Catsue McBroom - Character Designs

Anne Raciunas - Foley Artist

Simone Shears - Reader

Leslie Worts - Reader

Greg Gibson - Musical Accompanist

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