Christmas classic comes to life

Rickie Birran of Man of Words Theatre Company of Springfield recites “A Christmas Carol,” the story of Mr. Scrooge by Charles Dickens, at the Sweet Home Public Library Thursday evening. About 20 attended the dramatic recitation of the classic. The Friends of the Library paid for the appearance. Birran read the book in 1985 and recited it for the first time in 2010, fulfilling a 25-year-old dream. He was a college speech instructor and wrote the book “Suit the Action to the Word: The Art of Reading Aloud.” As Man of Words he uses the theatrical, musical and storytelling arts to bring reading and literature to life, to enrich, encourage, enlighten and entertain.