“The Gift – A Christmas Carol The Musical” returns to the NDNU Theatre December 6–15

Belmont, Calif., December 3, 2013 — The Bay Area’s longest running musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” will return to the stage of the Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre for nine performances on Friday, December 6. Over the past 28 years, this show, known as “The Gift,” has provided a professional caliber musical theatre performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” free of charge as a gift to the Bay Area communities.

The musical features a cast of over eighty performers who bring years of professional stage performance. Since its first presentation in 1985, over 100,000 people from all over the world have seen this spectacular musical performance presented by the Notre Dame de Namur University Department of Theatre and Dance and the Performing Arts Company.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy or food donation. Each year audiences contribute an average of 1,500 toys and three tons of non-perishable food. Over the last 28 years over 40 tons of food and 25,000 toys have been donated. The food and toys have been distributed in the surrounding communities by several social service organizations each Christmas.

“The Gift” has received commendations and proclamations from California governors, members of the United States Congress, the California Assembly and Senate, as well as state and local government agencies and local arts and social service organizations.

A Gala benefit performance will be presented December 6 at 7 p.m. to offset production costs. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets for the gala performance are $50 general, $25 children 3-12.

Free performances are December 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 2 p.m. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.