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Scrooge Is Back At Notre Dame de Namur University With A Gift For The Community

Belmont, CA, December 4, 2012 — For the twenty-seventh year, Notre Dame de Namur University and The Performing Arts Company will offer free performances of "A Christmas Carol: The Gift" from December 8–16 in the NDNU Theatre as a gift to the community.

This gift is two-fold. In addition to providing holiday cheer to its audience, "The Gift" benefits families in need throughout the Bay Area. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or new toy to be distributed to local service organizations including Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year, the production collected four tons of food and 1650 toys.

"A Christmas Carol: The Gift" is the longest running musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in the Bay Area. NDNU and The Performing Arts Company have used the Alan Menken/Lynn Ahrens/Mike Ockrent musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" since 2006. Audiences may recognize the adaptation from the television version starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge, or from its annual performance at Madison Square Garden.

"A Christmas Carol: The Gift" is a holiday tradition for many Bay Area residents, as well as the over seventy members of the cast, many of whom have been performing with the musical since they were children.

A Fezziwig Ball Gala Event will be presented December 7 at 7 p.m. to offset production costs. Tickets for the gala performance are $50 general, $25 children.

Free performances of "A Christmas Carol: The Gift" are December 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 2 p.m., and December 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit http://christmascarolthegift.org. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.