Jasper teen portrays Tiny Tim in Christmas play

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Amphitheatre
Austin Rawlins of Jasper, second from right, is acting in his second play written by playwright and director Ken Jones.

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LINCOLN CITY — Austin Rawlins of Jasper fell in love with theater at the age of 6 when he participated in a summer workshop production of “Mixed-Up Fairy Tales.”

Austin, now 13, has since performed in major theatrical productions, including a 150-line role as Jasper in the Bloomington Playwrights Production of “I am Grock” and Boy Lincoln in Lincoln Amphitheatre’s outdoor musical drama “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale.”

“He liked being on stage and have people applaud for him,” said Stephanie Rawlins, his mother.
Since he appeared as Boy Lincoln, it didn’t take long for Ken Jones, playwright and director of “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale,” to find the perfect Tiny Tim for “Scrooge’s Christmas,” a play Jones wrote and is directing.

“Ken thought Austin would be a good match for the character so we cleared our calendar to be a part of another wonderful production,” Stephanie said. “He loves playing a child with so much to live for. He is a happy child who brings the entire circle of friends together.”

Tiny Tim does not have many lines, but his one line leaves an impact on the audience in defining the true meaning of Christmas: “God bless us, everyone.”

Lincoln Amphitheatre will present Ken Jones’ “Scrooge’s Christmas” at the Heritage Hills High School Auditorium at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. CST Saturday. Ticket prices are $10 per person, and $8 per person for groups consisting of 10 or more people. All proceeds will benefit the amphitheater.

Tickets are available online at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.org, by phone at 800-264-4223 and at the door.




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