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Actor and scholar Jamieson Ridenhour will present a Victorian-style reading of the Charles Dickens' Christmas classic "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 16.

The 7 p.m. performance at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, part of its "Evening of Carols" event, will be followed by a Christmas carol singalong led by members of the Black Mountain community.

This will be the ninth time Ridenhour has performed the story, acting out each of the characters, slipping seamlessly from Scrooge to Bob Cratchit to Tiny Tim. Ridenhour is a compelling, confident, relaxed performer able to transport the listener to a different era and to bring the text to life with humor and drama.

“This is the consummate Christmas story,” Gale Jackson, the art center's executive director, said. “This time of year all of us can use the comfort of being read to. We want to offer the community an opportunity to slow down and listen, to raise their voices in celebration and to join together during this special time of year.”

The Christmas carol singalong during this family-friendly event will be led by the arts center’s Front Porch Theatre actors and will be accompanied by pianist Aaron Price.

The "Evening of Carols" event is the arts center's gift to the community; donations will be appreciated. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more, visit BlackMountainArts.org or call 669-0930.

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