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December 18, 2013

Jones to bring one-man show back to Duncan

DUNCAN — Close to 60 members of the community attended the performance of “A Christmas Carol” by John Kevin Jones last year.

Area residents will again have the opportunity to see this one-man show, which presents the classic holiday tale much in the way Charles Dickens performed it himself. Jones will portray each character, a total of 15, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Duncan Regional Hospital Pavilion.

“Last year, it was such a success,” said Cyndi Crook, DRH Health Foundation director. “This summer, (Jones) reached out to see if we were still interested (in a second year of the performance) and we said yes.”

Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit DRH Pediatrics. This makes sense when you consider one of the play’s characters is Tiny Tim, a child who is severely ill to the point of life and death who survives through the good will of others. Jones’ performance last year raised about $3,000 for pediatrics.

“I hope to raise more money for them this year,” Jones said. “Last year, there was a young girl who was to be one of the recipients of the funds and I was so glad to meet her. She was an adorable little girl and so good during the performance.”

Though Jones is not a native of Duncan, he does have strong family ties to the area. Son of Ron and the late Judy Jones of Marlow, Jones grew up in New England, however, many holidays and summers were spent in Oklahoma at his grandparents, the late John and Dorothy Mitchell and the late Tip Jones, all of Marlow, and the late Maudena Jones of Duncan.

“My mother passed away in March, so this is a special place this year because I know she would want me to do it,” said Jones.

“I feel like Marlow and Duncan contributed so much to who I am, this is a great way for me to give back to the community there and I love telling this story.”

Now residing in New York, Jones performs “A Christmas Carol” for audiences up north. He said he looks forward to meeting more of the community this year. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be a wine and cheese reception with cookies and punch for younger audience members. Those who attend will have the chance to meet and visit with Jones before his performance.

“It was amazing to meet people before the show and I got to meet a lot of my family’s friends I’d never known before,” he said.

“My mother was there with girls she’d gone to high school with and it was an opportunity to have that one-on-one experience with them. The event is so simple and elegant, so it feels like a real community event where you can talk and meet with people.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Health Foundation at 580-251-8844.

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