FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2018
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog,Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
A Christmas Carol Continues Memphis Family Tradition with Special Events
Memphis, TN – A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability.
TITLE: A Christmas Carol
DIRECTOR: Jason Spitzer
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: November 30 – December 23, 2018
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday 12/23 @ 7:00pm with matinees @ 3:00pm on 12/02,12/08, 12/09, 12/15, 12/16, & 12/22, 12/23; also performances @ 7pm on Tuesday 12/18 and Wednesday 12/19. Full performance schedule can be seen at: https://theatrememphis.org/performanceschedule
TICKETS: $35 adults, $15 students, Seniors and military $30
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
PRESENTING SPONSOR: AutoZone
SPONSORED BY: Jones Bros. Tree and Landscaping, a Davey company
MEDIA SPONSORS: 104.5 The River, WKNO 91.1FM and The Best Times, Germantown News, The Memphis Flyer
Promotional graphic attached. Production photos available 11/27/18.
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