I have been acting in Houston community theater for about 40 years and routinely offered to perform Shakespeare monologues, Edgar Allan Poe favorites and selections from other literature for teachers’ classes. One December, an elementary school near Hillendahl Neighborhood Library invited me to perform “A Christmas Carol” (a condensed version!) for their entire 5th grade, and I was invited back for several years until I moved to Heights Neighborhood Library.
At Heights, I continued to perform “The Raven” and “Tell-Tale Heart” by Poe each October, and I added a program of classic monologues from Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays. I actually prefer to do “one-person” programs, because I am in complete control of the outcome! The first Christmas I was at Heights Neighborhood Library, I had the opportunity to present “A Christmas Carol” at Heights’ open house, and I have continued each year, with the last performance taking place December 6th – as an opening act for Santa Claus!
In case you missed Dean's performance this year, here are some popular versions available at the library to get you in the holiday spirit.