(Updated for 2018) Every December, my oldest son and I get dressed to the nines, and head out for a “Mom Date”. We go eat someplace that has an actual tablecloth and fancy delicacies such as “chicken on a stick” (aka satay at Surin) and I teach him how to hold doors open for ladies and how to order. This dinner is always followed by a show, namely Fantasy Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol”, a play I attended in the same playhouse when I was a girl.
The show has come full circle, and I get to take my son to see it – as it was performed in 1990 – this Huntsville tradition is in its 28th year! The musical brings to life Charles Dickens’ beloved story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation as he is visited on Christmas Eve by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Beautifully staged with elegant period costumes, sets, lighting and wonderful special effects, this show takes the audience to nineteenth century London where Scrooge, Marley’s ghost, Tiny Tim and the rest of the familiar characters tell the tale of one man’s redemption and bring the Christmas spirit to us all.
More than 100 volunteers, both on-stage and behind the scenes, work together to bring the magic alive year after year.
Participating annually in “A Christmas Carol” as an audience member is one thing, as a cast member entirely another. “There are several families that have multiple members involved in the show on stage and off,” says Karen Mockensturm, Executive Director of Fantasy Playhouse. You will often find that production is a family affair, with brothers and sisters, parents, and spouses all sharing their talents.
When: Shows are November 30-December 2 and December 7-9, 2018
Showtimes are Friday Nights at 7:00 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 & 5:00 PM
Where: VBC Playhouse, Huntsville
How Much: Adult tickets are $20 each; Kids 17 and under $15 each
More Info: Tickets and information are available online at www.fantasyplayhouse.com or by telephone at 256-539-6829.