Theater serves up 'Christmas Pudding'

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The Largely Literary Theater Company has recruited an all-star team of writers to celebrate Christmas with the Hudson Players for one weekend only at the Barlow Community Center, "The Christmas Pudding: A Largely Literary Christmas" features selections by Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Hans Christian Andersen and others.

Selected and adapted by Largely Literary Theater Company co-founders Mark Dawidziak and Sara Showman, these poems, songs and stories run the holiday gamut from the sweet and sentimental to the sarcastic and silly.

There are poems by Shakespeare, Poe, Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, G.K. Chesterton and Ogden Nash. There are stories by Twain, Andersen, J.M. Barrie and Frank Stockton. There's even a "spirited" encounter between Dickens and his most famous character, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.

Serving up the Christmas goodies with Showman and Dawidziak are Largely Literary company members Alex J. Nine, Emma Picht and Tom Stephan. Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, at the Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt St. in Hudson.

Tickets are $14, with group, senior and student discounts available. For more information and tickets, visit www.hudsonplayers.com or call 330-655-8522.

Although all of the selections in "The Christmas Pudding" are family friendly fare, the show will be most enjoyed by older children and adults.

"Our sources of inspiration range from Shakespeare to the Three Stooges," said Dawidziak, who portrays Twain and Dickens in "The Christmas Pudding." "The more sentimental pieces include adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl' and Frank Stockton's 'Captain Eli's Best Ear.' The twisted side of the holiday street is best represented by Twain's story of a good boy and Ogden Nash's poem about a bad boy."

There's also a Christmas "ghost story" by Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and whimsically offbeat versions of America's two oldest secular Christmas songs, "Jingle Bells" and "Up on the House Top."

For details, call 330-923-8350 or go to largelyliterary.com.

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