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December 12, 2013 - leave a comment

Christmas Carol Writing Contest on WCPN

So many exciting developments this year, tied to the 25th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, now playing at the Ohio Theatre. One very exciting event, as old as Great Lakes Theater’s (GLT) original adaptation itself, is The A Christmas Carol Writing Contest.

Twenty-five years ago, working closely with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), our education department developed a writing contest for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students across the district. Students are invited to write anything they like -- a story, a poem, a play, a song – inspired by themes present in Dickens’ classic work. Winners from each school are celebrated by their peers at special matinee performances exclusively for CMSD school kids.

Every year six grand prize winners are chosen who receive special recognition and additional gifts, like a plaque with their name on it and a fine, hardcover edition of A Christmas Carol. This year and for the first time, these grand prize winners were featured on WCPN’s award-winning arts and culture program The Sound of Applause, interviewed by host Dee Perry and their stories read on the air by members of GLT’s acting company including Laurie Birmingham, Laura Welsh Berg, Lynn Robert Berg, Aled Davies, Darryl Lewis and M.A. Taylor.

The result is a charming and enjoyable hour of stories and conversation. These grand prize winning students produced works which are funny, thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly wise. 

The program will be rebroadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM on Friday, December 20 at 2 p.m., and on Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Day – at 2 p.m. You can also listen online, right now, by visiting The Sound of Applause event page for the broadcast.

-David Hansen, Education Outreach Associate

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