Library Kicks Off Holiday Programs with A Christmas Carol Nov. 21-22

Gerald Dickens

Gerald Dickens

The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to Mid-Continent Public Library for a special engagement! A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol in four free performances on Nov. 21 and 22.

Dickens’ striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic rendition of A Christmas Carol bring the classic to life. His performances will be held at the following times and locations and will be followed by refreshments:

  • Woodneath Library Center, Monday, November 21 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Smithville Branch, Monday, November 21 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Colbern Road Branch, Tuesday, November 22 – 10:00 a.m.
  • The Pavilion at John Knox Village, Tuesday, November 22 – 7:00 p.m.
David zum Brunnen

David zum Brunnen

On November 28, David zum Brunnen will offer a similarly captivating performance as he gives his portrayal of the 17 unique characters in A Christmas Carol and Charles Dickens himself during the very special night in 1843 when he created the timeless classic.

Zum Brunnen is best known for his work acting and writing for public television, including The Night Before Christmas Carol, which he will be performing at the Library’s Blue Springs North Branch and Woodneath Library Center on Monday, November 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively. Zum Brunnen’s performance has earned high praise from many, including the Dickens family.

“We are excited to be able to continue our Dickens tradition at the Library,” said Dylan Little, MCPL Community Programming Manager. “We love hearing from folks who say that these performances are right up there with cranberry sauce and stuffing in terms of holiday traditions. Gerald and David are supremely gifted at transporting audiences, and we hope everyone in the community gets a chance to come along for the journey.”

MCPL will offer a total of 32 unique holiday programs at 28 of its branches this season—from Christmas and Kwanzaa to Chinese New Year. There will also be numerous other programs inspired by A Christmas Carol, including a live performance by Hampstead Stage.

All program seating is limited, and registration is required. For more information about any of the Library’s holiday programs, or to register for one of the events, visit

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