Dickens and his characters are back

The weather cooperated last Friday Nov. 26 for the Dickens opening in Skaneateles. People flocked to the village from near and far to interact with Charles Dickens many characters from a "Christmas Carol," which is staged every weekend during the Christmas season on the streets of the village.

"I was really brought back to those holiday feelings," said Shawn Quigley from Rhode Island, "Simply charming."

The ghost of Jacob Marley (pictured) was certainly happy to be back to his favorite haunting grounds. Ebenezer Scrooge on the other hand was his old sour self - especially with the ghost of Marley constantly on his heels.

Charles Dickens and his cast of characters are directed by Jim Greene of Scarlett Rat Entertainment. They interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants no matter the weather.

One performer said that if you aren't a main character from the "Christmas Carol" you are instead able to create your own character, one which might have lived during that time. Still others are out of other Dickens novels.

Take for example, Permelia Pluckrose who is a debutante and much admired young lady about town. Pluckrose's character was created by Lydia Shahan from Tully, who has been involved in Dickens since she was 8 years old.

Skaneateles' Chloe Strang has created the character of Eliza Jane Johnson, who works for the Skaneateles Pocket Cleaning Company. The company is directed by Fagin, a character from Dickens' "Oliver Twist."

"It's very fun," Strang said of performing with the cast.

Meanwhile, in front of Johnny Angels Dickens characters roast chestnuts on a grill and offer samples for free. Last Friday the headmistress from the orphanage in town, Josephine Kidwell (Fran Norsworthy) was on chestnut duty.

Dickens is 11 a.m to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. For more pictures go to Skaneateles Press on Facebook.

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