December 1, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Step back in time to a festive holiday celebration at John A. Logan College by attending “A Dickens Dinner,” a dinner-theater production inspired by the works of Charles Dickens.  Performances will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the college’s conference center. 

The audience will be treated to a menu of historical holiday foods, including creamy potato-vegetable soup, roast turkey and gravy, orange-cranberry cornbread stuffing, potatoes and rutabaga, green beans and scallions, flaming figgie pudding for dessert, and hot wassail cider.

Nathan Arnett, a music instructor at Logan, wrote the show and is also directing it.

“I borrowed the concept for the show from Dr. Bradley Almquist, my music professor at Murray State, and wrote a script with characters who are all loosely based on authentic Dickens characters,” Arnett said.  “The setting is the fictional town of Hackensack, England, in the 1890s, and the audience members will be guests at a Victorian-style Christmas party hosted by Bob Cratchit and his family, the characters from the Dickens classic, ‘A Christmas Carol.’   

“Throughout the evening, the characters will be interacting and mingling with the audience,” he continued.  “We will encourage the audience to get to know and visit with the other people at their table.  There will be plenty of opportunity to fellowship, eat, and enjoy the holiday season that’s upon us.” 

Arnett said the evening will feature JALC’s choral and chamber ensembles singing the sounds of the season.  A brass quintet will also perform, and there will be caroling, entertaining games, and a visit from Father Christmas. 

This is an encore presentation of “A Dickens Dinner.”               

“We did this show four years ago, and we’ve had requests from people to do it again,” Arnett said.  “It’s a night filled with music, fun, and delicious food and beverages that is enjoyable for both adults and children.”

Tickets for the show are $35 and can be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at JALC at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.

“This show is very popular, and tickets are going quickly,” said Adrienne Barkley Giffin, director of student activities and cultural events at Logan.  “I encourage anyone interested in attending to call my office as soon as possible.”