This one-night-only event – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, at the Black Box Theatre, Plano Children's Theatre, 1301 Custer Road, Plano – will benefit The North Texas Food Bank and The Parkinson Voice Project. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the food bank. Bake sale, raffle and silent auction proceeds will be given to the Voice Project. (More about these organizations below.)
Fun House director and co-founder Swearingen will direct this staged reading and star as the reformed and way-too-generous Ebenezer Scrooge. He’ll be surrounded by an all-youth cast playing Bob Cratchit (now well-off and living in Hampstead Heath), Tiny Tim (not so tiny anymore), the three Ghosts of Christmas (now way overbooked), a Scotland Yard detective (is Tiny Tim a serial killer?), some urchins, a mouse and Big Ben. With references toDownton Abbey, Sweeney Todd, Real Housewives and other anachronisms, Liner’s new take on this too-familiar story will tickle anyone sick of the sappy Dickens version. (“I’ve reviewed so many Christmas Carols over the past two decades, I wrote this to stave off my own `bah-humbug’ attitude toward it,” says Liner. "But don't worry. It still has a ridiculously happy ending.")
The reading will be followed by some rollicking holiday-themed improv comedy by the all-youth troupe Unicorn Clearance.