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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 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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