Dickens classic still stirring souls in Comox Valley

The Compassionate Communities Project presents a celebrity reading of A Christmas Carol, this Thursday at the Sid Williams Theatre.

The Compassionate Communities Project presents a celebrity reading of A Christmas Carol, this Thursday at the Sid Williams Theatre.

Encapsulating the spirit of the season, the Charles Dickens classic shows how compassion and empathy overcome greed and resulting isolation.

The event — which supports the food bank and Comox Valley Transition Society — marks the return of the celebrity readings which ran from 1996 to 2005 at Comox United Church.

This year’s reading is a fitting conclusion to the Community Justice Centre’s Compassionate Communities Project which ends in December.

The audience and celebrities will be invited to sign the Charter of Compassion as a permanent commitment to creating a more compassionate community.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Festival seating tickets are $20 — and a food item for the food bank — available at the Sid Williams ticket office, the Laughing Oyster Book Shop in Courtenay and Blue Heron Books in Comox.

A special bonus event will be held beforehand at Zocalo Cafe & Gallery, which hosts a Victorian roast turkey dinner with flaming pudding for dessert. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. to allow enough time to attend the reading.

Dinner tickets, which include a reserved seat at the reading, are $40 for adults or $30 for children under 12, available at Zocalo at the corner of Fifth and Cliffe, and at Laughing Oyster.

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