“A Christmas Carol: The Gift” Keeps On Giving Throughout The Season

Belmont, CA, December 21, 2011 — Although the uplifting singing and festive dancing of Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Gift” have ended, the gift keeps on giving to people in need throughout the Bay Area. The production, which asks for donations of toys and food from the audience, collected four tons of food and 1650 toys. These were distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank, Belmont Fire Department’s Toys for Tots, AIDS Community Research Consortium, St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room and Samaritan House.

Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre and The Performing Arts Company have put on “A Christmas Carol: The Gift,” a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens story, for twenty-six years, making the show the longest running “A Christmas Carol” production in the Bay Area. The show ran this year December 9-18. The gift of the musical is two-fold; performances are presented free to the community, and attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or new toy for families in need.