A Christmas Carol performance to benefit Heartland Festival

December 2, 2002

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Coleman will perform A Christmas Carol on Dec. 19-22

PLATTEVILLE- In a special benefit performance, Mineral Point resident Coleman will perform the classic Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. The one-man show, presented in the UW-Platteville Center for the Arts Theatre, will take place on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

Written in 1843 by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a penny-pinching miser in the first degree. He cares nothing for the people around him and he particularly detests Christmas. Scrooge is visited, on Christmas Eve, by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who died seven Christmas Eves ago. He tells Scrooge that three spirits will haunt him. These three spirits, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, show Scrooge the error of his ways. A Christmas Carol has become a Christmas tradition and easily Dickens' best-known book.

Coleman studied acting and directing at Cornell University, where he also performed with the Cornell Summer Repertory. He was seen recently in the role of Paul Sycamore in the Heartland Festival's production of You Can't Take It With You, and in the Pedlar's Creek Production of Love Letters. He was Bumble in the Shake Rag Players' production of Oliver! and Sgt. Metcalf in the Platteville Community Players production of The Mousetrap.

Coleman will also perform A Christmas Carol on Dec. 19-22 at Orchard Lawn in Mineral Point in a benefit for the Mineral Point Historical Society. Information for the Mineral Point performances can be obtained by calling 608-987-2884.

All seats for the Dec. 12 performance at UW-Platteville are $12. Proceeds from this production will benefit future productions of the Heartland Festival. Tickets for the UWP performance of A Christmas Carol are available through the University Box Office in the Center for the Arts. The University Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 608-342-1298. The Center for the Arts is located on the UWP campus at 700 W. Main St.

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