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Local theaters present classic Dickens

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Photo: James Helms Anthony Rodriguez performs in Charles Dickensi "A Christmas Carol" as a one-man show at the Aurora Theatre today through Dec. 16.

If you go

• When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrence-ville

• Cost:$15

• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre...>

• When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22

• Where: New London Theatre, 2338 Henry Clower Blvd., Snellville

• Cost: $10 to $15

• For more information: Visit www.newlondonthea...>

In Gwinnett County, the theatrical venues of the area embrace the holiday spirit and for two local stages, they have their hearts set on the same story, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Starting today, both Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre and Snellville's New London Theater take the classic tale to stage.

The Aurora's Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez is performing his one-man version of the show for his sixth year. Since it is only one actor on stage, Rodriguez focuses on the classic art of storytelling, using his voice and mannerisms to bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the memorable ghosts to teach the cranky man the true meaning of Christmas.

Held in the theater's smaller Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Studio that seats 80 people, the intimate setting makes the audience feel like they are in the parlor listening to the tale, complete with special effects.

The one-man show runs through Dec. 16.

Across the county, New London is tackling the same story, but with a full cast and stage -- plus a twist.

Adapted by director Dawn Berlo, the Snellville venue's version combines the classic story and works with a modern spin.

Set in modern-day New York City, Ebenezer Scrooge (played by John Bates) still despises Christmas, of course. After begrudgingly giving his assistant Crachit (David Allen) Christmas Day off, Scrooge begins his epic journey. The classic tale follows his transformation through the assistance of the ghosts of Marley (Daniel Regan), Past (D. Norris), Present (Erin Paulukaitis) and Future.

New London's performance runs through Dec. 22.