Saturday, November 26, 2022

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play set for Dec. 18 at Whallonsburg Grange Hall

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 18, 2022, with live music and refreshments beginning at 2 p.m. and the reading performance at 3 p.m.

Based upon the novel by Charles Dickens, this performance will be a radio play reading complete with live sound effects, featuring local artists, professional actors, and directed by Broadway actor and Depot Theatre alum Jonathan Hadley.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public, and donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the BackPack Program.

“The Whallonsburg Grange has hosted holiday celebrations for many decades and we are thrilled to join with The Depot Theatre to bring their production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to our stage,” said Mary-Nell Bockman, Grange program manager. “We’ll open our doors wide to the community for this joyful event for all ages and give everyone the opportunity to support the Backpack Program in our local schools. We can’t wait!”
“The Depot is pleased to collaborate yet again with our partners at the Whallonsburg Grange, and for a great cause,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre executive director. “The Grange hosts our summer Academy outreach and education program, and we hope to make this winter celebration an annual 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 or the Depot Theatre website at

Whallonsburg Grange Hall. Photo provided by Kim Rielly, The Depot Theatre Executive Director.

About the Depot Theatre:

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and it is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The Depot Theatre’s 2023 programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Adirondack Foundation – Generous Acts Fund and the Essex County Arts Council.

The Depot Theatre Academy is a robust educational experience for area youth and a pathway for those interested in pursuing a profession in theatre—whether that’s backstage or on stage.

About the Whallonsburg Grange Hall:
The historic Whallonsburg Grange is located in the heart of the Champlain Valley, 5 miles from Lake Champlain and the village of Essex, New York. It sits at the crossroads of NYS Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road in the hamlet of Whallonsburg. The beautifully restored, century-old building is home to concerts by regionally and nationally known performers, a bi-weekly film series, plays, lectures, classes and workshops throughout the year. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is a volunteer-run, 501c3 nonprofit. It manages the building, which is owned by the Town of Essex, and oversees Grange-sponsored programs including the Champlain Valley Film Series, Lyceum lectures, music and theater series and much more.
Photo at top: The Depot Theatre and Whallonsburg Grange Hall to present a performance of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play. Photo provided by Kim Rielly, The Depot Theatre Executive Director.

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