Southport Memorial Library Aides are pleased to present actor Will Rhys in a performance of his one-man staging of “A Christmas Carol” at Southport Town Hall, Route 27, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.
Mr. Rhys, who has performed in and directed many versions of “A Christmas Carol,” has adapted Dickens’s magical tale to create this unique production in which he weaves together the joy of story-telling with his skills as an actor to bring each character vividly to life.
Rhys has had an extensive career as an actor and director, appearing in shows from Broadway to off-Broadway to off-off-Broadway and has performed and created roles at regional theaters across the country including Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and National Theatre of the Deaf. He served as artistic director at Cleveland Play House, where he appeared in more than 30 plays and directed over 25 productions. Recently, he was honored with induction into Cleveland Play House’s Hall of Fame.
Mr. Rhys is a founding member of National Theatre of the Deaf and was appointed an artistic director of the company in 1992. From 2001 to 2008 he served as education director for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut and was the librarian for Goodspeed Musical’s Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, which houses the second largest collection of musical theater material in the United States.
In Maine, where Mr. Rhys now makes his home, he has directed at Theater at Monmouth and appeared in productions with Freeport Shakespeare Festival, American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Portland Stage Company and Good Theater. At Good Theater he was lauded for his performance of the role of Gunner in “The Outgoing Tide,” and his “A Christmas Carol” is among Good Theater on Tour’s offerings.
There is no admission charge for this family-friendly holiday event, though donations to the Aides will be gratefully accepted. Due to limited seating, early arrival is suggested. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at intermission. For further information call 633-2741.