Ring in the Holidays with A CHRISTMAS CAROL At Theatre Memphis

Ring in the Holidays with A CHRISTMAS CAROL At Theatre MemphisA Memphis family holiday tradition, Theatre Memphis' 41st annual production of A Christmas Carol will run November 30 through December 23, 2018, on the Lohrey Stage. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of an upcoming spiritual journey. An eye opening exploration leads to happiness and enlightenment, not to mention song, dance, and holiday cheer.

Always a favorite of patrons, this 41st annual production will hold a reunion of past cast members on opening night, November 30, offering special discounts to them and their families. Details for the reunion can be seen by going to www.theatrememphis.org/a-christmas-carol-2018. Reservations for the "Casts of Christmas Pasts" can be made by calling the box office at 901.682.8323 to identify the year(s) of performing and purchasing the discounted tickets. The evening will also celebrate our longest-running Scrooge, Barry Fuller, for his 90th birthday.

Another special event will be held Thursday, December 13 @ 7pm. "Holiday for Heroes" is a designated night to offer military, policemen, firefighters, first responders, and Shelby County teachers discounted tickets for that night's performance. All tickets will be $10 (limit of four per family at that price).

Theatre Memphis will also be partnering with Mid-South Arts Against Hunger Food Drive by offering $5 off up to two adult full price tickets for shows through December 13 with a donation to the Mid-South Food Bank collection box in the lobby of Theatre Memphis. This offer is only available at the box office and not available online or by phone. Tickets must be purchased at the time of the non-perishable food donation.

Director Jason Spitzer will be returning to helm the production this year. "Last year, at the opening night party for John Rone's glorious 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol, I learned a bit of trivia that had previously eluded me," Spitzer says. "Apparently, my decade spent with the show made me the longest serving-director in the show's history. I'm delighted to be back with one of our city's longest-running holiday traditions and thrilled to have David Shipley once again donning the storied nightcap previously worn by Scrooges Barry Fuller, Jim Ostrander, and Sherwood Lohrey."

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch celebrates new volunteers who give of their time and talents for the seasonal classic and that families, cast and crew members come back to see and perform in A Christmas Carol time and time again. She says, "This show is a favorite to so many, sometimes returning with generations of their family. Those who have participated by performing in our holiday show have created a family in of itself. It is so wonderful to be a part of so many family traditions and to have a feeling of family in the cast. It is a special show and gets so many in the 'spirit and I hope to see many returning for our 41st celebration."

An abbreviated "daytime version" of A Christmas Carol, directed by Lena Wallace Black, is being performed Mondays through Fridays, December 3 - 19 at 9:30am and 11am each day for school groups. For information or reservations to these performances contact showagon@theatrememphis.org for pricing and availability.

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