Guests will read A Christmas Carol Dec. 11 in Chemainus

The Chemainus United Church hosts a reading of the Charles Dickens classic Tue., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., featuring guests from the CBC.

For many people, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol readings signal the start of the festive season.

Until 2009, CBC sponsored and presented these readings and Christmas music nationwide. For several years, the event was hosted by the Chemainus United Church.

This year, the church will host and present this classic event Tue., Dec. 11 with guest performers, the Cowichan Valley Youth Concert Choir, conducted by Sheila Johnson.

Familiar voices from CBC radio and local performers from Chemainus Theatre Festival will read selections from Dickens’ work. Readers include CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and JoAnne Roberts, accompanied by Chemainus Theatre Festival’s artistic director Mark Dumez and by master of theatre Erin Ormond. Retired professor of literature David Thomas and Gregg Perry round out the lineup of readers.

The host for the evening is Jamie Stephen.

Tickets are $12 per person or $30 for a family and are available from British Allsorts or Chemainus United Church. Patrons are also asked to donate food items for Harvest House Food Bank on the night of the performance. The need continues to be huge, especially at this time of year.

You are invited to support this well-loved Christmas tradition on Tue., Dec. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

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