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Hampstead Stage Company to Perform in Five Area Locations

Massanutten Regional Library will sponsor a family theatrical production in five area locations November 7-10.
“It’s a wonderful way for your entire family to kick-off the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas,” says Clare Covington, Youth Supervisor for Massanutten Regional Library. “It’s a production the entire family can attend, and it’s free.”
Massanutten Regional Library is sponsoring Hampstead Stage Company from Center Barnstead, New Hampshire, and its production of the Dicken’s Christmas classic A Christmas Carol. Children and adults alike love the story of Ebenzer Scrooge and the true meaning of Christmas.
Hampstead Stage Company will perform at Grottoes Library on Thursday, November 7, 4 pm. Village Library in Broadway will host the group on Friday, November 8, 4 pm at the Broadway Community Center. The Stage Company will entertain children and families at Page Public Library in Luray on Saturday, November 9, 10 AM, and the group will then move to the Main Library at 2 PM the same day.
The play continues for North River Library on Sunday, November 10, at 3 pm with a special performance location at John Wayland Elementary.
“Reading A Christmas Carol or watching the movie is a wonderful gateway to the holiday season. Who isn’t fascinated with the grouchy Scrooge—and happy at his transformation? The characters and story are familiar and that is part of our delight,” states Grottoes Branch Library Manager Cheryl Keeler.
Keeler continues, “Seeing A Christmas Carol live with Hampstead Stage adds another intriguing dimension.  The talented two actors of Hampstead play all the roles—changing voice or posture or facial expressions to convey different characters. Children are amazed and adults chuckle. All of the audience enjoys. Patrons who have taken in the past two productions—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and last year’s Treasure Island—are pleased to hear that Hampstead is returning for this pleasant family experience. It’s on their calendar!”
Hampstead Stage Company began its educational mission of educating youth by bringing classic literature to life through theater 29 years ago when founders Daniel Matmor, Michael Phillips, and Katherine and Gordon Preston came to America from Hampstead, England to pursue their dreams. Now one of the largest education touring companies in the nation, Hampstead Stage Company performs over 2000 shows a year to over 20 million audience members. Their scripts are original adaptions based on literary classics and often involve children and adults from the audience. The play lasts approximately one hour with a question and answer session following the performance.

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