After the turkey and stuffing are put away on Thanksgiving night, bring the out-of-town guests to historic downtown Clarksville for family entertainment sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Mark and Ricki Holleman will present A Christmas Carol: The Musical at the Roxy Regional Theatre, which will open Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
In keeping with the theatre's traditional pay-what-you-can opening night, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular price will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. that evening for a $5 minimum donation. Due to the double casting of children in the production, a second pay-what-you-can night will be held Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical adaptation, based on Charles Dickens' most well-known story and written by Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, along with Mike Ockrent.
Jonathan Fluck stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, an affluent curmudgeon who places personal wealth above the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "bah, humbug," Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those who mean the most to him.
Directed and choreographed by Ryan Bowie, the cast also features Bowie and Yarissa Tiara Millan as Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit; Caleb Crosby as Tiny Tim; Matthew Combs as Fred; Geoffrey F. Belliston, Kelsey McCollaum and Ian Alexander Erbe as the Ghosts of Christmases Present, Past and Future; David Graham as Jacob Marley; and Howard M. Snyder and Ann Gwinn as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, along with Kole Mitchell McKinley and Caitie L. Moss. Rounding out the cast are local youth Claire Baumgardner, Kate Baumgardner, Elisabeth Carroccia, Alia Chapman, Makenzie Clyde, Lydia Crawley, Mackenzie Davis, Mikaila Delaney, Hayden Gilbreath, Theresa Graham, Bella Johnston, Marlie McCall, Charlie Olita and Lillie Rich.
On Dec. 6, patrons are invited to ring in the season at the ninth-annual "Christmas over the Cumberland" at F&M Bank's Franklin Room, featuring a holiday dinner, festivities and meet-and-greet with the cast. The evening's menu will include slow-roasted beef au jus, grilled chicken with white wine and garlic sauce, mashed sweet potatoes with pecans, country-style green beans, rolls, house salad and assorted holiday desserts. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 8 p.m. performance of A Christmas Carol at the Roxy Regional Theatre. Tickets are $50, including the show. The reservation deadline is Nov. 29.
Originally presented by Radio City Entertainment at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, A Christmas Carol: The Musical was originally choreographed by Susan Stroman and directed by Mike Ockrent. This production is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials and recorded music are supplied by Music Theatre International.
In addition to Mark and Ricki Holleman, funding support for A Christmas Carol: The Musical was provided by Altra Federal Credit Union, Larry and Barbara Goolsby, Austin's Beauty College and Bob and Suzanne Langford.
Performances will run Nov. 28 through Dec. 21 on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will not be an 8 p.m. performance Dec. 21.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 13 and younger and may be reserved at roxyregionaltheatre.org, 931-645-7699 or at the theatre during regular box office hours Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain. Military, Austin Peay State University students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Thursday performances during the run.
The Roxy Regional Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to produce professional live theatre and promote the arts, with emphasis on education, in Clarksville, Middle Tennessee and the Southeast. The theatre is at 100 Franklin St. in historic downtown Clarksville. For more information, visit roxyregionaltheatre.org.