Whallonsburg, NY — The Whallonsburg Grange Hall and the Depot Theatre Academy are pleased to present a return to a holiday tradition with a performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RADIO PLAY on December 17, 2023, with live music and refreshments beginning at 2pm and the reading performance at 3pm.

Based upon the novel by Charles Dickens, this performance will be a radio play reading complete with live sound effects, featuring local artists and professional actors.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, and donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the BackPack Program.

“The entire Champlain Valley is looking forward to the annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Grange,” said Mary-Nell Bockman, Grange manager. “It’s a holiday tradition for all ages and a grand celebration with music and refreshments alongside the performance. We’re also delighted to again help raise funds for the BackPack Program in our local schools, the best kind of holiday spirit.”

“The Depot is pleased to return to the Whallonsburg Grange for this annual community gathering, and to support a great cause,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre executive director. “The Grange is the home of our summer Academy outreach and education program, and we’re thrilled to be here for an annual winter event, too!”

The BackPack Program currently serves nearly 7,000 students in 241 schools across 22 counties in New York. Administered locally by Essex County Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP), the BackPack Program helps alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing hungry children with backpacks full of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food on Friday afternoons so they have food to eat throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit the Whallonsburg Grange Hall website at www.thegrangehall.info or the Depot Theatre website at www.DepotTheatre.org.