A Christmas Carol: Jones plans solo performance of beloved story

Posted in: Society
Dec 6, 2012 - 9:20:50 AM

Kevin JonesThe Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation is hosting a one-man presentation of A Christmas Carol on Friday, Dec. 21, featuring John Kevin Jones, son of Ron and Judy Jones of Marlow.
Kevin is currently affiliated with the Summoners Ensemble in New York City.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the DRH Pavilion on the hospital campus. A wine-and-cheese reception allowing patrons to meet the actor will precede the presentation at 6:30 in the same location.
Tickets are $50; and seating is limited. Therefore, interested parties are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Duncan Regional’s pediatric rehabilitation department.
Prior to the program in Duncan, Kevin will be delighting audiences with his solo performance at The Studio Theatre in New York City on Dec. 12-15.
The play
Starting with Charles Dickens’ own performing version of A Christmas Carol, Kevin Jones and director Rhonda Dodd have crafted a work of storytelling that showcases the author’s beautiful imagery and wry humor.
The presentation brings to life A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, goodness and redemption through one actor portraying more than 15 characters.
It’s a performance and story certain to resonate with young and old alike in the audience until long after the holiday season is over.
The actor
Kevin was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in New England, where he graduated from high school in Summit, N.J., in 1982. He earned a bachelor of arts in theatre from the University of South Florida and a master of fine arts in directing from the University of Memphis.
Kevin lives in New York City, where he is the external communications manager for the Boneau/Bryan-Brown press office for Broadway productions. An artistic associate of the Summoners Ensemble Theatre, he is a member of Actors’ Equity and The Dramatist Guild of America. In New York, he has appeared in Jeffrey, The Winter’s Tale and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
He has also filled roles in repertory theatre productions and regional performances elsewhere, appearing before the footlights in such dramatizations as The Pavilion, Othello, The Rivals, All My Sons, Comedy of Errors, Angels in America, Last Night of Ballyhoo and Gross Indecency.
Directing credits include A Lie of the Mind, Revenge of the Space Pandas, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Although he was never a resident of Marlow or Duncan, Kevin spent a great deal of time during his formative years visiting in the homes of his grandparents, the late John and Dorothy Mitchell, and the late Tip Jones, all of whom lived in Marlow; and the late Maudena Jones, who was a resident of Duncan.
Kevin’s parents, Ron and Judy Jones, and his brother Kyle currently live in Marlow, where they own and operate Mitchell & Mitchell.
According to his mother, Kevin will be spending Christmas with his family here after the DRHHF production before heading back to New York on the 26th.
“I’m so glad to be able to share my telling of A Christmas Carol with my family’s community,” Kevin noted this week. “I was never a resident of Marlow, but grew up quite a lot in my grandparents’, great-grandparents’, aunts’ and uncles’ homes.
“It’s humbling that my cousin Sarah’s husband, Jay, after seeing this performance in my parents’ living room last year, is now presenting A Christmas Carol to a larger audience as a fundraiser for children in need,” he continued.
“As I do every year around this time, I find myself looking forward to being home for Christmas in Marlow.”
The director
Rhonda Dodd, the director of A Christmas Carol, is also an Oklahoma native who has family members currently living in Ardmore and Oklahoma City, as well as near Fox and Ratliff City. Rhonda Dodd
Her love of the theatre sprang from two rather simple sources: her family’s summer vacations driving the countryside and attending outdoor dramas, and the Dodd family’s years of involvement in 4-H Share the Fun activities.
On, above and behind the boards, Rhonda is an award-winning actor, technician and director. In addition to earning a Ph.D., she has worked as both an actor and director in New York’s independent theatre realm.  She served as associate director of the Circle in the Square Theatre School for almost 10 years and still accepts roles in and around New York.
She is currently the artistic director of Summoners Ensemble, producer of the A Christmas Carol performance.
Rhonda is thrilled that for the first time since Share the Fun, she will be able to share her theatrical work with family members and friends in southern Oklahoma.

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