The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival offers a wholesome and powerful family theatre experience this December with its professional production of “A Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens classic that brings legendary Scrooge face to face with a series of ghosts and, ultimately, a profound revelation that captures the heart of the season.
The festival’s production, a perennial favorite of Piedmont Triad and North Carolina audiences, runs Dec. 2 through 20 at High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., in downtown High Point.
Tickets are available at the theatre’s box office from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before curtain time for that performance only. Tickets may be ordered by phone at (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com. For group and SchoolFest tickets, call the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s administrative offices at (336) 841-2273 during business hours. Home school and church groups are welcome.
For the performance on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., audience members who each bring one new toy will receive one free seat in the theatre balcony. Toys will be donated to the Salvation Army Family Shelter in High Point. It is not necessary to wrap the toys.
Beyond Dickens’ moving tale and cast of unforgettable characters, the production features rousing music, beautiful costumes and a stunning set—all designed to transport theatergoers into a 19th century London full of fog, ghosts and an overwhelming spirit of Christmas and love.
Pedro Silva, the festival’s managing director and artistic director, who played Scrooge for many seasons, will direct the play for the ninth time. Silva will also appear as Scrooge for the first time since 2002 in a special encore performance on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
The play is suitable for children 8 and older. Babes in arms and toddlers are kindly discouraged. For more information about the play or the professional theater company, visit www.ncshakes.org.