Dickens Carollers take the stage at the Monroe Arts Center

Staff Report

On Saturday, December 12, The Dickens Carollers will take the stage at the Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th Street, in Monroe, Wisconsin. The Carollers will be decked out in festive Victorian-era costumes and will be sharing songs and stories of the Christmas season. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Dickens Carollers began in 1982 in Woodstock as a spin-off from a local Woodstock Opera House production. After spending time travelling around the Woodstock Square performing songs and theatrics they were noticed by businesses and viewers that asked if they could be hired for parties, thus The Dickens Carollers formed.

Through the past 33 years the group has fine-tuned itself into an ensemble of musicians who have performed at restaurants, parties, Christmas walks, and stage shows. From 1993-1999 they were featured weekend performers at Marshall Field’s Department Stores in Chicago and the surrounding area. Missy Spengel, vocalist and spokesperson for Dickens Carollers, commented, “One of our most memorable highlights was singing for Charles Dickens’ great-great-great-granddaughter Lucinda at the Dickens Fest in Chicago.”

Before the concert, audience members are encouraged to browse the hundreds of Holiday Silent Auction items on display in Monroe Arts Center’s Wesley Hall. Final bids will be accepted until 7:15 p.m. when the Auction closes.

General admission seat tickets for The Dickens Carollers are $10, and $5 for students 18 & under. Monroe Arts Center members may attend this concert at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office located at 1315 11th Street, by calling the Monroe Arts Center at 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249, or online at monroeartscenter.com.

This performance has been underwritten by Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc., and Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC, and Big Radio. Additional underwriting provided by Monroe Clinic; Gary Hessel; Lee and Chris Knuteson; Lois Kaster; Deb Thompson; and Bob and Gaida Vickerman.

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