Join us for this children’s holiday story!
The staged reading of “Lemonade Christmas” will be available for viewing on Hallie Q. Brown’s Youtube channel beginning on December 10th, and remain available for viewing through January 31, 2021.
For the sixth consecutive year, Barr is supporting the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Food Shelf. Because COVID restrictions discourage assembling large groups, Barr will not be doing a public reading this year. Instead he has recorded a staged reading of the story assisted by a diverse cast of local actors and writers who perform the different character roles. The staged reading was recorded live in a single take. Joining Barr on screen are actor/director Brian P. Joyce, actress Charla Marie Bailey, writer-playwright Terrence C. Newby and Melvin Carter Jr., father of St. Paul’s mayor and the inspiration for the “Officer Carter” character he read. The video was recorded and produced by videographer Jeff Achen.
About the Bartholomew Christmas Stories
“Lemonade Christmas” is the 23rd Bartholomew Christmas story author Roger Barr has written. The stories have examined the meaning of Christmas and how we celebrate it. They have also explored faith, family relationships, death and social issues including racism, poverty, politics, and addiction and recovery. Stories 1-13 were collected in Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories, which was released in 2011and has sold out its press run. Stories 11-19 are collected in The Christmas Promise, released in 2019. The Christmas Promise is available for purchase here. The $25 purchase price is donated to Hallie Q. Brown’s Food Shelf.
About the Author
Roger Barr is the author of ten published books, more than 30 published short stories, an award-winning play and countless newspaper and magazine articles and an award-winning play. His most recent book The Christmas Promise: More Holidays Stories from Roger Barr, collects nine Bartholomew Christmas stories originally written and published from 2011-2019. His collection, Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories collected 13 stories written and published from 1997-2010 and sold out its press run. He is the 2013 winner of The Loft’s Spring Writing Contest, and received third place in the nationally advertised Hal Prize short story competition for “Lost and Found” in 2017 and again in 2019 for “Hail Mary.” His short story “Forgiveness” was a finalist in Narrative’s 2020 Winter Short Story Contest.
Interested in supporting the Food Shelf? Donate directly here or follow the link posted with the video.