2011-12-09 / Ticket

Odds on favorite

Storyteller planning pair of holiday shows at Morse
The Times Record


STORYTELLER ODDS BODKIN plays an African thumb piano and spins a yarn for students at the West Bath Elementary School on Feb. 14, during a week-long residency in Regional School Unit 1. He will present “A Christmas Carol, Told in the Style of Charles Dickens” at 7: 30 p. m. on Dec. 16 in Montgomer y Theater at Morse High School, 800 High St., Bath. 
TROY R. BENNETT / THE TIMES RECORD STORYTELLER ODDS BODKIN plays an African thumb piano and spins a yarn for students at the West Bath Elementary School on Feb. 14, during a week-long residency in Regional School Unit 1. He will present “A Christmas Carol, Told in the Style of Charles Dickens” at 7: 30 p. m. on Dec. 16 in Montgomer y Theater at Morse High School, 800 High St., Bath. TROY R. BENNETT / THE TIMES RECORD BATH

This holiday season, Regional School Unit 1 will present master storyteller Odds Bodkin for two special performances.

He will present “A Christmas Carol, Told in the Style of Charles Dickens” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Montgomery Theater at Morse High School, 800 High St.

“With voices for Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Marley’s Ghost, Scrooge’s nephew and the Ghosts of Christmas, Bodkin recreates Dickens’ ‘Tuxedo and Lectern’ performances of his immortal tale,” an RSU 1 release states. “The one-hour performance is 100 percent Dickens’ words, excerpted from his novella and brought to life with English accents.”

“In 1843, Dickens began to perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ for audiences worldwide,” the release continues. “He stood behind a lectern with his specially prepared script and used character voices in his dramatic readings. Bodkin’s version uses 15 character voices and is performed in the same style — in a tuxedo behind a lectern.”

Tickets cost $15.

Odds Bodkin also will provide a Saturday matinee performance of “The Winter Cherries, Holiday Tales from Around the World” at 2 p.m. Dec. 17, also in Montgomery Theater. Tickets cost $8.

“This collection of stories will delight children ages 5 and up, as well as adults,” the release states.

Odds Bodkin has won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Golden Headset Award, The Indie Award and many others. He has performed at Lincoln Center, the National Storytelling Festival, Harvard’s Sackler Museum and across Great Britain along with thousands of other venues.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Veda at 443-6601. Tickets also will be available at the door just prior to the performances.

Proceeds from the holiday performances will fund a week long storytelling residency with RSU 1 students in March.

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