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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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8/31/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

Christmas with C.S. Lewis

Jacksonville, Fla. – The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, presents Christmas with C.S. Lewis at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts in the Terry Theatre on Sunday, December 10, 2023 for two shows, at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale to the public NOW at fscjartistseries.org or by calling 904-632-5000.
In the early years of his young adult life C.S.Lewis believed the story of Christ’s birth was nothing more than feel-good myth. That all changed after a particular encounter with his great friend and fellow author, J.R.R.Tolkien. Although both men loved mythology in general, Tolkien was convinced that the Jesus myth was the one true myth. That was the start of Lewis’ journey from Atheism to Christianity. From that point on Christmas, for Lewis, took on an entirely different meaning.
Here we find him at his home near Oxford on Christmas Eve hosting a group of Americans who are spending Christmas in England. They are about to experience an unforgettable assortment of Yuletide recollections which stimulates a whole range of emotions – curiosity, laughter, gladness and even some tears. Above all, they will discover how that encounter with Tolkien forever changed his Christmas celebrations.
Christmas with C.S. Lewis is created by David Payne. This year it will be performed by David’s son, Daniel Payne. British Actor, Daniel Payne, gained a Diploma in Performing Arts at a prestigious English college. His acting skills have been featured in such plays as The Bacchae, Under Milk Wood, An Inspector Calls, Aladdin, and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. His creative energy has seen him add other talents to his repertoire - Writer, Composer, Musician and Director. He is also active as a voice actor and public speaker.
Tickets are available for Christmas with C.S. Lewis at fscjartistseries.org or by calling (904) 632-5000.