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Celebrating a family classic

December 15, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer (skukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University is bringing a family classic to the stage for the holidays.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Rozsa Center.

"We're excited to bring 'A Christmas Carol,'" said Bethany Jones, marketing manager at the Rozsa.

Jones called the production a "spectacular, heart-warming Christmas production performed by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan."

The classic is family friendly, and tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an angry man without the spirit of Christmas.

"It's a big extravaganza Broadway production," she said. "This lavish, full-scale Broadway style production, boasting a cast of 27 people and live musicians, has now been touring for over 30 years."

The production mixes the classic story with song and dance, and features traditional Christmas carols, such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Wassail, Wassail," "Good King Wenceslas" and "Greensleeves."

"It's definitely Christmas," she said. "The show is our traditional Christmas production."

Every year, the folks at the Rozsa put on a Christmas-themed show for the public to enjoy.

"Combining supernatural with the sentimental, both children and grown-ups alike will be delighted with this treasured theatrical event," she said.

Tickets for adults are $28, seniors $24 and students $20, and the show is sponsored by the James and Margaret Black Endowment.

Additionally, a special event will be held at the Rozsa preceding the show Saturday. "A Toast to the Holidays" will be held at 1 p.m. The event is a Class Acts Children's Outreach Series fundraiser where 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward the fundraiser.

"We're raising money for a program that brings K-12 kids in to see our shows for free," she said. "With all of the program cuts, it's important we are able to present some performing arts to kids."

The cast of "A Christmas Carol" will join in the fun, Jones said, and entertainment will include fun for the whole family with food, cider, cocoa and cookie decorating.

"It should be really neat and it's for a good cause," she said. "This is very family oriented."

The mission of the Class Acts program at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is to present a diverse program of performing arts events for young audiences in the Copper Country Intermediate School District, per a release from Tech. The program is designed to entertain and educate students and to enrich the school curriculum with performances by professionals from a broad range of disciplines.

Fundraiser tickets are $20 for adults, and kids younger than 12 are $10.

To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at tickets.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech's Student Development Complex on 600 MacInnes Drive in Houghton.

 
 

 

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