‘A Christmas Carol’ coming to Carson City on Dec. 19

By Daily News • Last Updated 8:42 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“A Christmas Carol” will be performed by Muskegon Community College instructor and professional actor Tom Harryman. — Courtesy photo

CARSON CITY — Carson City Public Library will come alive with the Christmas spirit with this special performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

The free presentation will take place 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library, located at 102 W. Main St. in downtown Carson City.

This brilliant holiday story, filled with humor and pathos, spirits and sinners, Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and more, will be performed by Muskegon Community College instructor and professional actor Tom Harryman. Adapting the story into a one-man performance, Harryman will bring to life this wonderful world and the colorful characters created by Dickens.

Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870. He produced some of the most memorable writings in the English language, including “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Oliver Twist,” “David Copperfield,” “Great Expectations” and “The Pickwick Papers.” Dickens is famous for the characters he created and his descriptions. A man of tremendous energy, he spent hours a day walking the London streets from which his characters and scenes came. “A Christmas Carol” was the subject of Dickens’ first ever public reading.

Harryman is a Muskegon native. He has a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State College’s Thomas Jefferson College (1976), with training from the theater department at Boston Conservatory of Music and a master of arts degree from the McGregor School at Antioch University (2005). Harryman has worked in most facets of theater. While living in Seattle, Wash., he worked as a lighting technician in the Seattle Music Hall, a 4,500 seat historic Fox Theater (now a parking lot), and worked with many Pacific Northwest companies in the fields of lighting design, production and stage management.

Joining the Actor’s Equity Association in 1978, Harryman also worked as an actor, company manager and technical director for various tours. He has performed with the Bath House Theater, Brass Ring Theater, Greg Thompson Productions and the One Reel Vaudeville Show, among others in Seattle. He has performed on stages in Los Angeles, New York City, Reno, Boston, New Orleans, Atlantic City, Bermuda and Aruba. Since returning to Muskegon in 1984, he served as managing director of the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, where he stayed for 15 years. He acted as the owner’s representative in 1986 for a $1.9 million rehab of a 1913 furniture store into a performing and visual arts and meeting facility, and in 1998 for a $8.2 million restoration of the Center’s 1,800-seat, 1930 C. Howard Crane motion picture palace. Since leaving the Center in 1999 he teaches theater courses, directs, designs and acts at Muskegon Community College.

Seating is limited. Call to make your reservation at (989) 584-3680.

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