Charles Dickens returning to GCC in December

Nov 8, 2018

BATAVIA — There’s no humbug about Mike Randall’s return to Genesee Community College next month.

The WKBW meteorologist will reprise his role of Charles Dickens in his presentation of “A Christmas Carol” for a show at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The production is presented by the school’s History Club.

“When the History Club presented this event last year, many people indicated they enjoyed it so much that they’d like to see it (again),” said Derek D. Maxfield, GCC’s associate history professor and advisor to the History Club. “As the program helps my students learn about value of coordinating and planning events that embrace history and engage the community, it is a simultaneously a pleasure to watch local friends and families enjoy a holiday event that is fun for all ages.”

A multifaceted actor, Randall studied both theatre and meteorology in school and since 1983, Randall has reported the weather on WKBW-TV in Buffalo. An award-winning reporter, his interview repertoire includes such talents as Willie Nelson, Jerry Lewis, John Candy, Steve Allen, Gregory Peck and Robert Goulet. In September 2017, Randall was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

For the last decade, with only a replica of Dickens’ famous velvet, fringed reading lectern and a copy of “A Christmas Carol,” Randall has been transforming himself into Dickens, recreating the original tour atmosphere in stages, halls, classrooms and many other venues. Randall performs in a period costume with a beard and wavy hair, and through his expert theatrics he brings Charles Dickens to life. He plays each of the novel’s characters with distinguishing voices and mannerisms capturing all of the subtle comedic timing of Dickens’ original work.

Tickets for the performance are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Maxfield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.