The Night Before Christmas Carol

The Night Before Christmas Carol

Join Charles Dickens in his study on Friday, the thirteenth, 1843. History, humor and the holiday come to life in The Night Before Christmas Carol. Renowned Dickens scholar and author, Dr. Elliot Engel, crafts this entertaining study suitable for every holiday schedule and audience. In this acclaimed performance, actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters; giving personal, social, and historical context to the ghostly classic, A Christmas Carol. The EbzB performance of Dr. Engel’s play enjoyed national and international broadcasts in 2010 on public television. It continues to air in markets throughout the US and Canada via the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) distribution ( As Cedric Charles Dickens, great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, noted – “David [zum Brunnen] absolutely becomes my great-grandfather on stage!”ť The performance is appropriate for grades 3 through 12.

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Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.

Artist Background

The nationally touring and award-winning production company of EbzB Productions’ workshops can be applied to grades 3-12 upon request and with required joint planning with faculty. Endorsed by numerous state & local arts councils, EbzB has trained with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Artists as Educators Program, and the Lincoln Center Institute’s International Educator Program to conduct workshops in arts integration. EbzB Productions has established a solid reputation for its work with middle & high school classes to create historical narrative based on classroom oral history projects as well as specifically tailored residencies & workshops. Student workshops often are presented in tandem with scheduled performances.

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