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Metro Theater Company Presents ‘A Christmas Carol: A St. Louis Virtual Holiday Reading’

This December, Metro Theater Company will present a reading of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” featuring Emmy-nominated television star Ellie Kemper, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey, Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer, Muny favorite Ken Page and more. 

Emmy Nominated Actress Ellie Kemper
Emmy Nominated Actress Ellie Kemper

The one-hour, streamed event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. The public can register for free or make a donation with their registration. As thanks for a donation of $50 or greater, audiences can receive a commemorative DVD or digital download of the broadcast.

All funds raised through donations to this event will support Metro Theater Company’s programs during COVID-19. The company’s mission is to connect young people to the power and impact of theater through live performances, virtual programs and arts-integrated classroom experiences. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available.

Public readings of “A Christmas Carol” – one of the most beloved and famous holiday stories ever written – have been around since 1853 when Dickens adapted the work for that type of performance. Dickens, himself, did more than 120 public readings of the work until his death in 1870.

To register, visit http://metroplays.org/christmascarol. Registration is required to receive the link for streaming.

Readers for A Christmas Carol include the following: 

National Artists from St. Louis

  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us, Black Panther, Frozen 2
  • Ellie Kemper, Emmy-nominated actress for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Office 
  • Ryan Michelle Bathé, All Rise, Sylvie’s Love, and The First Wives Club
  • Judith Ivey, two-time Tony Award-winning actress
  • Ken Page, Drama Desk Award winner, The Nightmare Before Christmas, CatsC
  • hristine Brewer, Grammy Award-winning soprano
  • Justin Willman, star and creator of Netflix original series Magic for Humans

Athletes

  • Paul Goldschmidt, first baseman, St. Louis Cardinals 
  • John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, St. Louis Cardinals 
  • Jamie Rahn, American Ninja Warrior

Media

  • Charlie Brennan, KMOX morning host, Donnybrook contributor, and author
  • Ruth Ezell, senior producer, Nine Network of Public Media 
  • Tim Gore, director of educational initiatives, HEC-Media
  • Aisha Sultan, home and family editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Julie Tristan, midday host, Y98

Local Leaders in Children’s Literature

  • Julius B. Anthony, president, St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature 
  • Miranda Rodriguez Rosbach, children’s literature blogger, My Book Bloom
  • Deborah Jackson Taffa, writer and storyteller

First Responders

  • Dr. Jennifer Horst, pediatric emergency physician, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Jessica Jackson, St. Louis City firefighter
  • Dr. Erin Kane, COVID emergency room physician, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Dr. Mark Levine, medical director for the St. Louis Fire Department
  • Lamarr Mosley, essential worker

Beloved Metro Theater Company Performers

  • Soupy Alan David, The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas
  • Alicia Revé Like, Ghost and It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Carl Overly, Jr., Ghost and It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Jacqueline Thompson, Early Days and Ghost
  • Roxane McWilliams, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • Carol North, former Metro Theater Company artistic director

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