In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to The Sun newspaper in New York to ask a very important question that had been weighing on her young mind. On September 21, editor Francis Pharcellus Church replied in what may be the most famous – and certainly still applicable – letter in the world.
The entire chapter recording was five and a half minutes long, and AudioBoo has a five-minute limit (as you’ve probably realized from some of my multi-boo readings). I didn’t think it was worth it to do “parts”, so I found a bit that wasn’t strictly necessary to the excerpt and deleted it. But I’d gone to such trouble to re-record it on the first go and provide a distinct voice for Jack Frost (why he came out vaguely Australian is anybody’s guess, and I do apologize for the mangled accent) that I couldn’t just toss it into the Recycle Bin. So, like any good DVD Bonus Features section, the Refuge presents this deleted scene:
Understandably, there are a lot of tree-related stories for this time of year. This one reminds me of a Native American story about a birch tree (with a much different personality than this one!) I learned from my dad and keep meaning to record… This one also sees me trying ten different voices. Apologies.
Obviously, A Christmas Carol is far too long to read in its entirety for this project, but let’s peek in at the warehouse windows and see what young Scrooge’s holiday office party was like.
Two sections again, due to the bracketing narration I wanted to include. And apologies for the character voices – I couldn’t seem to stay consistent for Scrooge or Fezziwig. I quite like my Ghost of Christmas Past voice, though.
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