FLORENCE – In the spirit of Charles Dickens, storyteller Tim Lowry interprets the world’s most beloved ghost story, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with heart-felt sincerity and no small dose of his signature side wit.  The effect is dramatic and more than magical.  Fans of the show describe it as an unforgettably unique experience. Instead of frightening his listeners, Lowry uses humor to invite them into another place and time to remember, reflect, and resolve.

United Way of Northwest Alabama and the Shoals Storytelling Festival have partnered to present Tim Lowry this Christmas season at 7pm on Friday, December 9 at Singin’ River Live on East College St. in downtown Florence.  All funds raised for this special event will be used to enroll local pre-school children into Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free, age-appropriate books to children from birth until their fifth birthday.

Lowry has traveled from coast to coast presenting the Dickens classic in theaters, restaurants, churches, libraries, and living rooms. He has surpassed the author himself for number of performances with over 127 shows to his credit, including the National Storytelling Festival in 2014.

Of course, everyone knows that A Christmas Carol is a ghost story. However, Lowry manages to give the ghosts their due while addressing other themes from the novel that run the full gamut of human experience.  He comments on the passage of time, the importance of family, the pleasure of music, the significance of weather, and the joy that comes from feasting abundantly on delicious food. 

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. They are available by visiting www.uwnwal.org or by calling 256-764-5892.