Proudly Presents

Proudly Presents

A World Premiere!

from the creator of

How do you Change Christmas?

One Carol at a Time.

You know the story...

A miserly man is visited by three spirits, discovers the meaning of Christmas, and is "reborn."  It's a timeless tale. 

But the story behind the story...

that's something else entirely.

Dickens often read his own written work, but rarely talked publicly about his writing those books. And the story behind the scenes of A Christmas Carol? - that's a tale best told by Dickens himself. No one could tell a tale like this iconic author. 

Enter Prelude to a Carol: 

A companion performance to A Christmas Carol.

A Living Story

Prelude to a Carol tells the tale of Dickens' inspiration to create an instant Christmas classic - and his unintended influence of the celebration of Christmas itself. 

Dickens loved to put on a show when he read his own writing to an audience.

In that same spirit, Prelude gives voice to the creation of A Christmas Carol, told by Dickens himself as if he were performing scenes from his newest novel.

Prelude to a Carol is carved from Dickens' letters, reviews, and friends' descriptions. Combining Dickens' life, skill as an author, and flair as a performer, you'll witness Charles Dickens telling a story where HE'S the main character.

Celebrate Christmas with this iconic author sharing his journey to his own Christmas miracle!

The Great Storyteller

Dickens did more than tell a story, he created an experience. Dickens was not only an author, but a performer, bringing his stories to life on stages in America and England, where he didn't just read the story - he portrayed every character

During his book reading tours, the author of A Christmas Carol would bring the characters, the emotions, the landscapes to life. 

While Dickens rarely discussed his personal life in public, you have a rare opportunity to hear the storyteller tell his own story in Prelude

Peyton Dixon

The other Storyteller

The Other Storyteller

Peyton Dixon has been creating and performing living historic experiences for nearly two decades. In addition to portraying Presidents John Adams and Theodore Roosevelt, Dixon has authored numerous musicals and plays (Pinocchio, The Legend of Jenny Wiley, Killer Cuisine) that have been performed on stages throughout the United States. He has even adapted A Christmas Carol for the stage, and is excited to bring Dickens' 'behind the story' experience to life!

Praise for Peyton Dixon

So many people told us last night how much they enjoyed your presentation. We all feel as though we know Mr. Adams in a much more personal way after listening to "him" speak.


Karen McClendon - Antebellum Bench & Bar

John Adams Signature

You captivated the audience with your excellent characterization of our immortal President.  Thanks for your efforts in making the evening  educational and entertaining. It was very much appreciated by all who attended.

 Elisa Sananman  - Trailside Nature & Science Center

TR Signature

Limited Performances

Limited Performances

Performed Virtually at

"Zoom Auditorium"

December 9th through 19th

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

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