‘A Christmas Carol’

Article Published: Nov. 23, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 27, 2011
‘A Christmas Carol’

From left, Derek Gagnier, Maureen Klinedinst, Rusty Page, Page Parsons, Lucy Gray, Max Schlenker and Hallie Lovin rehearse a scene in Ensemble Stage’s staged radio drama adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol.’
Photos by Frank Ruggiero

The Christmas season officially kicks off in Blowing Rock this weekend. The town will host its annual Christmas in the Park event on Friday, Nov. 25, and its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Nov. 26.

This year, that holiday fun will be followed by a special stage presentation guaranteed to get you in the Yuletide mood.

Ensemble Stage will present a special staged radio drama performance of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium.

Local actors and High Country celebrities, including newly re-elected Blowing Rock mayor J.B. Lawrence, will perform an adaptation of the 1938 Orson Welles-directed Campbell’s Soup Hour radio broadcast.

Ensemble Stage’s managing director, Lisa Lamont, said, “This year, we wanted to add a production that would allow folks the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle that weekend following Thanksgiving. Of course, we’re still going to produce the third installment of our annual Christmas variety show, ‘Christmas in Blowing Rock,’ in December.”

Artistic director Gary Smith added, “We feel this production is quite fitting for our company’s mission to contribute to the community. Radio dramas used to bring families together, and that’s what Christmas is all about. We’ve got a lot of neat sound effects for the ghosts and for Marley. This will be a lot like the old-style radio dramas.”

The cast of “A Christmas Carol” includes Rusty Page as the Announcer, Derek Gagnier as Orson Welles and the Narrator; Frank Ruggiero as Bob Cratchit, Fezziwig and Second Man; Gary Smith as Ebenezer Scrooge; Lucy Gray as the Child; Kent Graham as Fred, Marley, Young Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Present; J.B. Lawrence as Gentleman, Belle’s Husband and First Man; Maureen Klinedinst as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Martha; Page Parsons as Belle; Lara Marshall as Mrs. Cratchit; Hallie Lovin as the Girl; and Max Schlenker as Tiny Tim.

The show is approximately one hour long.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids 16 and younger. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.ensemblestage.com or call (828) 414-1844.

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