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River Union Stage says Humbug to Hunger with “A Christmas Carol” reading to benefit food pantries


Join River Union Stage for the 13th annual Say Humbug to Hunger holiday treat.
This year, River Union Stage offers a radio play performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in support of fighting food insecurity in New Jersey through donations to Strike Out Hunger NJ.
The performance is available for streaming all day from Dec. 9 through 12, through a link at While not required, a donation of any size to Strike out Hunger NJ is requested.
Say Humbug to Hunger is sponsored by Shop Rite of Hunterdon and River Union Stage and made possible by funds from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Adapted directly from a reader’s version written by Dickens, the performance on the RUS website will include public domain visuals from the original novel. The performances will feature the voices of Todd Lewis as Ebenezer Scrooge, joined by Alison Gilheany, Jeffrey Lanigan, Diane Wagner, Gabe Moses, Keith Strunk and Laura Swanson reading Dickens’ other beloved characters.
“We’re happy to be serving our community in two ways with this event,” said RUS Producing Director Laura Swanson. “While it increases donations for the food pantries, it also provides audience members safely accessible holiday entertainment.” Swanson also points out that a holiday reading of “A Christmas Carol” will give audiences the opportunity to experience the beautiful prose narrative as well as the more familiar dialogue of Dickens’ classic work.
For information regarding Humbug to Hunger, visit RUS online or on social media. River Union Stage is a 501(c)3 professional Equity theater.