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  Gerald Charles Dickens Returns to               Kansas City To Perform               “A Christmas Carol” In-Person

Charles Dickens' literary masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, continues to shape the way we celebrate Christmas over 150 years after the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits of Christmas first touched hearts in 1843.

It's been two years since our ESU Group attended this wonderful Dickens program So we are scheduling it again for this winter. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are invited to a group outing to see this special performance by Gerald Charles Dickens—the great-great grandfather of Charles Dickens.

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Where: The Pavilion at John Knox Village
              520 NW Murray Rd, Lee's Summit, MO
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Time: 7:00 pm (Show time approximately one hour)

Watch video preview:  Click here

Admission: Free, however, RSVP required. Please call (816) 524-0567 to RSVP.

Also, please phone or send an email to Jeff Schnabel so we know to look for you at the  (816) 442-7007

Carpool:  We would like a nice ESU turnout so please don't let freeway driving stop you from joining our ESU group.  If you would like to join a carpool to this program, please let Jeff know and we will make arrangements.

ESU Group Meeting after Performance:

All ESU members and Friends of ESU who are attending this performance are invited after the performance ends at 8:00 pm to Houlihan's for dessert and drinks.  Houlihan's is just two short blocks from The Pavilion.  Come join us for a social gathering to discuss this special program.

About Gerald Dickens:

Gerald Charles Dickens is returning from England to the Kansas City area to perform his great-great grandfather's classic tale, A Christmas Carol.  Join us in welcoming Gerald Dickens as he performs his stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol and brings each scene vividly to life. Dickens adopts different voices, expressions and mannerisms to portray each of the story's twenty-six characters in this acclaimed one-man show.

A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol.  His striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic rendition bring the classic to life. Gerald's performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations all over the world.  Refreshments will be served.

About Charles Dickens:

Gerald notes that Charles Dickens didn't write his first book until age 24 and died at age 58, yet managed to put out an extraordinarily large body of work.

"Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and it goes on and on and on."  Fifteen full-length novels, he points out, at around 800 pages each.

"His social conscience was so important — to narrow that gap between the rich and the poor, which is a situation which we're still struggling with today!"  But Gerald says the books were nevertheless entertaining, with wonderful characters and incredible plots.


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