Will Rhys will present “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Denmark Arts Center. Submitted photo

Will Rhys will present “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Denmark Arts Center.

Rhys, who has performed in and directed many versions of “A Christmas Carol,” has adapted Dickens’s magical tale to create this unique production in which he weaves together the joy of story-telling with his skills as an actor to bring each character vividly to life. He has had an extensive career as an actor and director, appearing in shows from Broadway to off-Broadway to off-off-Broadway and has performed and created roles at regional theaters across the country including Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and National Theatre of the Deaf. He served as artistic director at Cleveland Play House, where he appeared in more than 30 plays and directed over 25 productions. Recently, he was honored with induction into Cleveland Play House’s Hall of Fame. Rhys is a founding member of National Theatre of the Deaf and was appointed an artistic director of the company in 1992. From 2001 to 2008 he served as education director for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut and was the librarian for Goodspeed Musical’s Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, which houses the second largest collection of musical theater material in the United States.

In Maine, where Mr. Rhys now makes his home, he has directed at Theater at Monmouth and appeared in productions with Freeport Shakespeare Festival, American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Portland Stage Company and Good Theater. At Good Theater he was lauded for his performance of the role of Gunner in “The Outgoing Tide,” and his “A Christmas Carol” is among Good Theater on Tour’s offerings.

“Rhys brought Dickens’ world vividly to life. His performance was spirited and infectious. It’s amazing what he manages to do… a marvel to watch… a gifted and fascinating storyteller. Rhys magically conjures up the world of Dickens’ beloved Christmas tale…elevates storytelling to an art.” – Portland Press Herald

Recent rise in COVID cases due to the Delta variant and concern for our audience, staff, artist and community safety, masks are now required regardless of vaccination status. Concessions will not be offered at this time and a new HEPA air purifier system has been installed to help decrease community spread. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

The Denmark Arts Center is an award-winning 501(c)3 cultural organization founded in 1994 in the rural community of Denmark, Maine. Housed in the town’s historic 1883 Odd Fellows Hall, the DAC offers year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art to community members young and old. With diverse and original programming, the DAC provides an important creative and community hub for Western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley. The DAC is located on 50 West Main St in Denmark.  For more information, visit http://www.denmarkarts.org/events


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