FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2016
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
A Christmas Carol Continues 40-Year Memphis Family Tradition with Special Events
Memphis, TN – A Memphis family holiday tradition, Theatre Memphis’ 40th annual production of A Christmas Carol will run December 1 through December 23, 2017, 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 40th annual production will hold a reunion of past cast members on opening night, December 1, offering special discounts to them and their families. Details for the reunion can be seen by going to www.theatrememphis.org/a-christmas-carol-2017, but one of the highlights will be the original and 11- times Scrooge, Barry Fuller, who will perform a reading (including memoirs) prior to the event. 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.
Another special event will be held Sunday, December 10 @ 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).
Director John Rone will be helming the production this year having been in the production and playing Bob Cratchit for the past several years. He will return as Cratchit this year as well. “Traditions connect us in the present moment to significant and special memories of our past. A Christmas Carol is part of that tradition. It is a great privilege to direct Theatre Memphis' 40th annual production of A Christmas Carol. I was at the opening night back in 1977 and have never forgotten Barry Fuller's brilliant performance as Scrooge or the dazzling appearance of the late Jim Ostrander as the Ghost of Christmas Present. The annual productions have been Theatre Memphis' gift to the city and I am so proud to be able to deliver that gift this year.
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 who come back to see it year after year with sometimes 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 40th celebration.”
An abbreviated “daytime version” of A Christmas Carol, directed by Lena Wallace Black, is being performed Mondays through Fridays, November 30 – December 15 at 9:30am and 11am each day for school groups. For information or reservations to these performances contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability.
TITLE: A Christmas Carol
DIRECTOR: John Rone
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: December 1 – December 23, 2017
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (Except 12/3) @ 7:00pm with matinees @ 3:00pm on 12/03,12/09, 12/10, 12/16, 12/17, & 12/23; also Tuesday 12/19 and Wednesday 12/20 @ 7:00pm
TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
PRESENTING SPONSOR: AutoZone
SPONSORED BY: The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation, Social, and Jones Bros. Tree and Landscaping.
MEDIA SPONSORS: Clipper Magazine, WRVR 104.5FM, WKNO 91.1FM and The Best Times
Promotional graphic attached. Production photos available 11/29/16.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:
First Tennessee Foundation, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission