A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Merchant's House returns this December
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:24 am EDT 08/24/21

Summoners Ensemble Theatre
In association with the
Merchant's House Museum

Presents the return engagement of


December 1 - December 31 only!
Tickets On Sale Now at

Adapted by John Kevin Jones & Rhonda Dodd
from Charles Dickens' classic tale
Performed by John Kevin Jones
Directed by Rhonda Dodd

"Jones easily captivates the audience with his brightly hued voice. Portraying Dickens as narrator, his delight for sharing the story is tangible and intoxicating."
Out.com, David Clarke

"This is masterful storytelling."
Theatremania.com, Zachary Stewart

"Jones summons Charles Dickens' classic characters seamlessly."
New York Daily News, Joe Dziemianowicz

For the ninth holiday season, Summoners Ensemble Theatre brings their production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL back to the Merchant's House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan). Surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings, audiences will be transported back 150 years in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickens' own script. Performances run December 1 through December 31.

In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrives in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by actor John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant's House Museum.

This year every Friday and Saturday through December 18 and all performances Dec 21-28 include "A Holiday Reception with Mr. Dickens". Toast the season with a cup of "Smoking Bishop" (mulled wine) and enjoy a special performance of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" performed by Mr. Dickens himself (John Kevin Jones). The 19th century family room, kitchen, and garden (weather permitting) will be open to guests during the reception.

COVID-19 protocols. To ensure the safety of our guests, seating for A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House has been reduced. Attendees must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask during the performance. Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted.

"… we shall never have any entertainments more charming, or more full of genuine,
legitimate and elevating pleasure …" The New York Times, December 10, 1867

"The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears
it performed by Dickens." New York Herald, December 10, 1867

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT'S HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867, is presented by Summoners Ensemble Theatre in association with the Merchant's House Museum. Performances take place in the landmark 1832 Merchant's House Museum, New York City's only 19th century family home preserved intact, inside and out.
To be announced in November 2021: Our 2020 virtual offering of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House will be available by pay-per-view during the holiday season.
Tickets are available at www.summonersensemble.org or www.merchantshouse.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

Regular 60-minute performances: $55 - $125. Seating is strictly limited, and as a safety precaution, reduced from previous seasons.

For Group Sales of 10 or more, email Summoners Ensemble Theatre: summonersensemble@gmail.com

All seating is at the discretion of house management. Doors to the Merchant's House open 30 minutes prior to performance time.

Performance Schedule

* includes "A Holiday Reception with Mr. Dickens"

Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00PM
Thursday, December 2 at 7:00PM
*Friday, December 3 at 5:30PM
*Friday, December 3 at 8:00PM
*Saturday, December 4 at 5:30PM
*Saturday, December 4 at 8:00PM
Sunday, December 5 at 6:00PM

Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00PM
Thursday, December 9 at 7:00PM
*Friday, December 10 at 5:30PM
*Friday, December 10 at 8:00PM
*Saturday, December 11 at 5:30PM
*Saturday, December 11 at 8:00PM
Sunday, December 12 at 6:00PM

Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00PM
Thursday, December 16 at 7:00PM
*Friday, December 17 at 5:30PM
*Friday, December 17 at 8:00PM
*Saturday, December 18 at 5:30PM
*Saturday, December 18 at 8:00PM
Sunday, December 19 at 6:00PM

*Tuesday, December 21 at 6:30PM
*Wednesday, December 22 at 6:30PM
*Thursday, December 23 at 5:30PM
*Thursday, December 23 at 8:00PM
*Friday, December 24 at 4:00PM
*Friday, December 24 at 6:30PM
*Sunday, December 26 at 5:30PM

*Monday, December 27 at 5:30PM
*Monday, December 27 at 8:00PM
*Tuesday, December 28 at 5:30PM
*Tuesday, December 28 at 8:00PM
Wednesday, December 29 at 7:00PM
Thursday, December 30 at 7:00PM
Friday, December 31 at 7:00PM

This is a strictly limited engagement.

John Kevin Jones (Actor, Co-Adapter): Kevin is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild of America. New York: Nothing But Trash, Theater for the New City; Jeffrey (starring Bryan Batt), Lincoln Center; The Winter's Tale and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hipgnosis Theatre. Regional: The Pavilion (American Stage), Othello (Arkansas Rep), The Rivals, All My Sons (Kentucky Rep), Angels in America, Gross Indecency (Playhouse on the Square). BA in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida and MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Memphis.

RHONDA DODD (Director, Co-Adapter): An award winning actor, technician and director, Rhonda arrived in New York with over 150 shows under her belt. Once here she made her Off-Broadway acting debut with Terese Hayden and Jacqueline Brookes' Workshop in Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment, finished her Ph.D., and spent 10 years working at Circle in the Square Theatre School. Dr. Dodd is the Artistic Director of Summoners Ensemble Theatre, a member of Actors Equity, and a participant in The Playground Experiment - a forum for theatre artists to explore, test, and showcase new work while finding inspiration and support from the community it creates.

CHARLES DICKENS (1812 - 1870): Considered the greatest English novelist of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters. When destitution landed his family in debtor's prison, young Charles was forced to give up school and work in a blacking warehouse. This era of his life heavily influenced his writing, which later made him a much sought-after orator. After giving a speech to a group of working-class poor, Dickens found himself contemplating the plight of exploited child workers. Taking only six weeks to complete, in 1843, A Christmas Carol stripped away the mask from some of England's most acute social evils. By speaking up for the poor and oppressed, Dickens directly confronted the apathy and callousness of his countrymen. But more than just a timely political screed, Dickens' spirit-filled holiday story has become a timeless treatise about love, compassion, and the transformation of the human heart. He impelled his contemporaries then -- and now us today -- to care about everyone and to reach out and help if we see someone in need.

MERCHANT'S HOUSE MUSEUM: Built in 1832, the Merchant's House is New York City's only 19th century family home preserved virtually intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings. A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers an intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants lived from 1835-1865, when New York City grew from seaport to thriving metropolis.
The Merchant's House is a National Historic Landmark and in New York City is distinguished as one of only 120 buildings that have NYC landmark status for both its exterior and interior.

SUMMONERS ENSEMBLE THEATRE: Founded by a group of actors who studied together at Circle in the Square Theatre School's Professional Acting Training program, Summoners Ensemble joined the ranks of New York nonprofit theatre companies in 1993. Created as a collaborative to allow the members to share in all of the functions needed in running a theatre company, Summoners remains a collective effort as we jointly produce theatrical events with other nonprofits or as we find ourselves acting and directing, writing and producing.

Visit www.summonersensemble.org for more information, on Twitter: @Summoners and on Facebook.
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Link http://www.merchantshouse.org

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