Walking the dog Theater Presents “A Christmas Carol” [Berkshire on Stage]
Admission is free as part of WTD’s Free Culture Initiative, which seeks to make the experience of live theater available to all; donations in support of this initiative are gratefully received. The Hudson performances are part of a tour that includes communities in New York and Wisconsin in December and several cities in China and Taiwan in the new year.
The theater’s Executive Artistic Director David Anderson, who performs the piece solo (moving fluidly from character to character), says of the project, “A Christmas Carol has become an annual tradition in many communities, and it is the best way I know to become inspired by the season.”
Through drama and masterful storytelling, Anderson performs the story exactly as Dickens wrote it, giving the audience not only the dialogue but the descriptive passages as well. Anderson’s rendition, directed by Ted Pugh, is a modern revival of Dickens’ own manner of storytelling. Dickens gave performances drawn from A Christmas Carol and The Pickwick Papers throughout the Northeastern United States, from his arrival in Boston in mid-November, 1867 to his return to England in April 1868. Walking the dog Theater’s production, now in its 13th year, received high praises from Bruce Hallenbeck of The Independent, who wrote of David Anderson’s performance, “Amazing one-man show…what Dickens intended all along!”