Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol, was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and from 1857 on, he performed public readings of his many books, particularly this holiday classic. A Christmas Carol was his most popular reading and he toured it throughout England and the U.S. He continually adapted it for the readings, reducing it from a three-hour performance to just over one hour. His readings were so popular that people camped overnight in the streets to buy tickets at the box office. In Washington D.C., President Andrew Johnson had tickets for his family every night.
A newspaper wrote at the time, “He gave to every character a different voice, a different style, a different face.” We have endeavored to bring this spirit to life with the M&M’s version, recreating Charles Dickens tour of the US in 1867, adapted for the stage by Melinda O’Brien (based on the original text as published in 1843 and the 1951 film version “Scrooge” with Alastair Sim, sceenplay by Noel Langley.)
These performances are given a special period spirit as they take place through the beautifully decorated Lyndhurst mansion since 2012. Actor Michael Muldoon tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the mansion “meeting” the different spirits and characters. Watch for Lyndhurst.org for tickets for December 2016.
Cast of Characters in the performance:
The Office of Scrooge & Marley
Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s Clerk
Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew
Scrooge’s Christmas Eve
Jacob Marley, Scrooges Late Business Partner
The Ghost of Christmas Past
The Ghost of Christmas Present
The Ghost of Christmas Future
Fan, Scrooge’s Sister
Fezziwig, Scrooge’s first employer
The Young Cratchits
Tiny Tim Cratchit
After Scrooge’s Visions
Michael Muldoon is the Executive Vice-President for M&M Performing Arts Company, Inc. where he has directed Show People, Dinner with Friends and The Importance of Being Earnest amongst others. He has appeared in Travels with My Aunt, The Understudy and Barrymore at The Carriage House Theatre and The 39 Steps, The Mousetrap and several adventures of Sherlock Holmes inside the Lyndhurst Mansion. NYC includes performances with The Living Theater, Theatre for the New City, Fringe Festival, etc. in addition to acting professionally in NJ, CT, Upstate NY, GA and KY. On Television he has appeared in One Life to Live, All My Children, SNL, As the World Turns and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (recurring: Carlton). Other notable roles include: Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Private Gar in Philadelphia Here I Come, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Gary Essendine in Present Laughter, Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband, Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Manolo in The Odd Couple, Horst in Bent, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock’s Secret Life, and Scapino in Scapino. He lives in Yorktown Heights, NY with his favorite director/actress/tennis & business partner; Melinda O’Brien. website: michaelmuldoon.info
Melinda O’Brien is a founder of M&M Performing Arts Company, Inc. She produces several plays per year for the M&M Library Series and Lyndhurst performances. Some favorite acting credits include: Mr. Dickens tells a Christmas Carol, God of Carnage, Agnes of God, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lost in Yonkers, The Mousetrap, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Dinner with Friends, Crimes of the Heart and Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Dancing Men and Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. A proud Crazy Cat Lady, she lives in Yorktown with her understanding husband, Michael Muldoon and their cats.
Lyndhurst, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a Gothic Revival masterpiece on the banks for the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY at 635 South Broadway (Route 9). Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838 as a country cottage for Brigadier General William Paulding, who was twice mayor of New York City, it was expanded by the same architect between 1865 and 1867 for industrialist George Merritt. The now grand mansion was purchased in 1880 by railroad magnate Jay Gould, and members of his family continued to use it as their summer home until 1961. Lyndhurst is a ten-minute walk to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, so one could imagine that on his first American visit, Dickens may have actually visited the site, albeit when Lyndhurst was still a relatively modest cottage known as The Knoll. For more information about Lyndhurst, visit Lyndhurst.org.