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“Combined Efforts to Tackle a Classic;
Drama Group to do ‘A Carol for Our Times'”

Rob Daniel
Iowa City Press-Citizen
December 15, 2009, p. A3

A classic Christmas story will receive a different treatment, thanks to a local theater group.

The Combined Efforts Community Drama troupe will present “A Carol for Our Times’ at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at City High’s Little Theater.

It is a take on Clarles Dickens’ classic story, “A Christmas Carol,” which follows the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge from greedy miser to happy giver.

It will be performed by Combined Efforts, a group composed of children, students and adults with and without special needs. The group is directed by Janet Schlapkohl, who won the Iowa City Human Rights Commission’s Isabel Turner Human Rights Award in October for her work with the troupe. She said she co-wrote “A Carol for Our Times” as sort of a political and social commentary.

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