by Robin Walluck Staff Ebenezer Scrooge, James Marley and Tiny Tim have been brought to life countless times since Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in the 19th century. This December, these characters and the story will be performed in Shelton. Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Shelton Historical Society is set to present a reading Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Shelton History Center\u2019s Wilson Barn. \u201cSome of the best theater I have seen has not been in an actual theater, but in hotel lobbies, abandoned churches, New York City parking lots, abandoned clubs ... a brownstone on the Lower East Side,\u201d said Tom Simonetti, a founder of the VSF. \u201cYou remember these experience, they remind you that theater happens everywhere.\u201d The Wilson Barn was built about 1860, not long after A Christmas Carol was published. The barn has a permanent exhibit, \u201cThree Centuries of Shelton \u2014 From Farming to Industry and Beyond.\u201d \u201cWhile Dickens is not known as a playwright, he did write a few plays, and always had a fascination with theater,\u201d said Simonetti. Dickens wanted to be an actor, Simonetti said, and act a bit, even performing A Christmas Carol. Actors from the area will take the stage in December. Kristen Kingsley of Shelton, and Alex Luft of Trumbull, will take the stage, along with Jeremy Funke of New Haven, actors from New York City and more. \u201cI can\u2019t say how excited I am to work again with these wonderful artists, who truly love to give the gift of theater to the community,\u201d Simonetti said. He said the Dickens play was a natural choice for the Shakespeare Festival because the two authors had a lot in common. \u201cLike Shakespeare, Dickens wrote about the social issues that faced his generation, and put them into his works,\u201d Simonetti said. Both authors writings are \u201cvery autobiographical, too \u2014 and both wrote characters that you do not easily forget after reading or seeing them.\u201d A family show \u201cWe made a low kid price to be sure that adults could bring children and introduce them to this timeless tale,\u201d said Simonetti. \u201cMy mom introduced me to this story when I was about 5 years old.\u201d He then found other stories by Dickens: Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and more. \u201cI look forward to seeing kids gasp at Jacob Marley, clap along to the traditional and English carols presented, and of course find out if Ebenezer Scrooge will every change,\u201d said Simonetti. Each event will begin with a reception of seasonal baked goods and beverages, followed by the reading. Valley Shakespeare Festival will present the story in 30 to 40 minutes, using just six actors playing all 26 roles, with minimal staging and costuming. Tickets are required, and may be purchased at vsfestival.org or by calling 203-513-9446. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children\/students, and children 5 and younger are free. Donations of canned goods to help those in need accepted. The Wilson Barn is not heated, so audience members are asked to dress warmly.