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A capella trio The Free Range Chicks are, left to right, Pat York, Molly Beckley and Ruth Ann Levinson.

A classic Dylan Thomas holiday story will be brought to life in two performances in The Balcony at The Varsity Center.

Kevin Purcell will be performing “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” A capella trio The Free Range Chicks will be the opening act and will perform a few selections during the performance.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” was written by 20th century Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. It is a personal, nostalgic and often comical recollection of past Christmases, and evokes memories of the season at every turn.

Purcell, a native of Chicago and a graduate of SIU Carbondale, has been bringing this story to life every holiday season since 1977. He began memorizing the short story, word by word, as a senior in high school.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Doors open at 6:30 and 1:30 respectively.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available online at varsitycenter.org and at The Science Center in University Mall in Carbondale. Tickets also will be available at the door 30 minutes before showtime.

— The Southern

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