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A Carol for Our Time
December 17, 18, 19, 2009

“Give Tickets to ‘A Carol for Our Time'”

Joyce Carman
Iowa City Press-Citizen
December 16, 2009, p. A11

If you’re looking for a unique gift, one that is ceertain to delight, then think about purchasing a ticket for a friend (and yourself, of course) to attend Combined Efforts Community Drama’s presentation of “A Carol for Our Time” (a thought-provoking adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”). Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at City High Little Theatre. Tickets are $5, an affordable price to pay for watching an outstanding case of community members acting, singing and dancing their way through this holiday play.

Combined Efforts Community Drama is an extension of earlier dramatic presentations written and directed by Janet Schlapkohl. This season Mary Vasey is co-directing “A Carol for Our Time” with Schlapkohl. Vasey also has written parts of the current play. Other contributing writers are Julie Goodlaxson and Louiise Hill.

Schlapkohl’s vision for these current and future performances focuses on expanded participation by Community actors, singers, and crew members with and without special needs. The parts for each character are carefully written to take advantage of each participant’s specific strengths. The results of that effort are excellent performances that entertain the audience and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of every member of the cast and crew.

These performances truly are “Combined Efforts.”

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