Holiday classic performed at Theatre Memphis
By Randall Hartzog
The 34rd annual production of A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis is coming back to the stage with the veteran stage actor Barry Fuller as Scrooge, the new re-envisioned set from last year, and the vision of four-time A Christmas Carol director Jason Spitzer. After a record breaking debut with the new set more than three decades after the original set was created, the 2011 cast will be scurrying around a London that Christopher McCollum, current resident scenic designer at Theatre Memphis, designed for the traditional holiday classic.
A family favorite tradition in Memphis, A Christmas Carol tells of Ebenezer Scrooge who is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and then sets out on a journey of exploration that ultimately results in Scrooge’s enlightenment. With Fuller returning to play Scrooge for his 11th time at Theatre Memphis, he has stated that “… each new production is as fulfilling as the last.” Fuller was the original Scrooge in the first TM production in 1978.
Spitzer, has traveled to other cities and theaters to see their productions of the show. “Having seen some of the other productions,” he says, “I am very confident and feel good about what we are doing and where we are with this concept. And I am pleased to be working with Barry, the original Scrooge. He is the Scrooge to end all Scrooges!”
Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch agrees. “What could be more special than to re-create a show that is so dear to so many Memphis families with the man that started it all for us as Scrooge? Barry is a true gentleman and professional, and we are very proud that we are able to continue to bring back this gift of ours to the community with him.”
Performance dates for A Christmas Carol are December 2 – 23, Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Added performances are scheduled for December 19, 20, and 21 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) at 7pm. Tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for students with a valid ID, $10 for children under 12. Call 901-682-8323 to purchase tickets or go online to HYPERLINK “http://www.theatrememphis.org” \t “_blank” theatrememphis.org.