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The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present An Old Salem Christmas Carol, opening Friday, December 7, at SECCA’s McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium, 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. Additional performances will be held December 8-9, 13-16 & 20-22. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. There will be an additional matinee on Saturday, December 15, at 2 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for students; discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online and the box office is open for phone sales Wednesday through Friday from 12–4 pm. Call (336) 725-4001 for tickets or purchase them online at www.LTofWS.org.

PHOTO BY Daniel Alvarez (photographer) and The Tavern in Old Salem (location): (L-R) Michaela Greene (Moll), Jack Wall (William Moody), Amber Donnelly (Fran), Chris Swaim (John Kettle), and Timothy Ven (Charlie)

A passing stranger is welcomed into Salem Tavern by a cheerful group celebrating Christmas Eve. The story he tells them is magical, and yet vaguely familiar… It’s 1887, and hard times have fallen on the people of Winston and nearby Salem.  Tobacco rolling machines are replacing manual jobs and bad rains have hurt farms.  Making things worse is Ebeneezer Scrooge, a lender who’s foreclosing on mortgages and ruining the holidays for everyone.  In the heart of Old Salem, can three spirits teach him the true meaning of Christmas?  Based on the classic tale by Charles Dickens, this heartwarming world premiere adaptation was written exclusively for The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem by playwright Stephen P. Scott.

“We wanted to create a new tradition for Triad audiences to celebrate the holidays,” commented LTWS Executive Director Lane Fields, who is also directing the production.  “Audiences will get to experience this classic tale as if it had happened right here in Winston and Salem.  Families can celebrate their North Carolina heritage together for the holidays.”

Playwright Stephen P. Scott previously wrote A Territorial Christmas Carol for the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma. That adaptation became the Pollard’s all-time best-selling show; last year, they celebrated the 30th anniversary of staging the play. In a 2017 interview commemorating the occasion, Scott told The Oklahoman: “Folks is folks. We all have the same emotions. That’s why something like that (adapting Dickens’ story) works is because we can all relate to dealing with somebody like Scrooge. We can all have our heartstrings plucked by Tiny Tim. It just all resonates no matter what. That’s why we can still go back and do a film about Cleopatra or something from Shakespeare, because love is still love and a broken heart is still a broken heart.”

Sadly, Stephen P. Scott passed away in August, shortly after completing the adaptation of An Old Salem Christmas Carol. “We will be dedicating the production of the show to his memory,” stated Fields. “We’re pleased that Stephen’s wife, Kathryn, and son, Stephen Patrick Scott II, will be able to attend. We hope they enjoy seeing a new part of Stephen’s legacy brought to the stage.”

An Old Salem Christmas Carol will be directed by Lane Fields. Sam Barnes will design the set, with lighting design by Shawn Hooper and sound design by Kiersten Bowman. Tara Raczenski will design costumes, and Yvonne Truhon will serve as props master. Elizabeth J. Rief will stage manage the production, assisted by Kevin Hampton. The cast is as follows:

Tim Austin – Scrooge

Philip Powell – Marley/Solicitor/Undertaker

Ella Atkinson – Little Fan/Want

Sadie Blalock – Little Fan/Want

Mike Cherry – Hamilton Moore/Fezziwig/Fritz/Man on the Street

Luscinda Leigh Dickey – Belinda/Mrs. Brown’s daughter

Gavin Demasio – William Moody/Peter/Tom Billings

Amber Donnelly – Fran/Mrs. Brown/Mrs. Dilber

Cessily Evans – Ghost of Christmas Present/Verity/Caroline

Asher Ford – Tiny Tim/Little Scrooge/Ignorance

Michaela Greene – Moll/Belle/Niece

Nora Greene – Belinda/Mrs. Brown’s daughter

Charity Hampton – Ghost of Christmas Past/Maid

Nick Kelley – Turkey Boy/Jimmy Todd

Jason Lagesse – Ben Moody/Bob Cratchit

Riley Meehan – Martha/Girl on the Street

Anabel Merriam – Martha/Girl on the Street

Nicole Serrin – Liz Moody/Mrs. Cratchit

Mason Sharpe – Dick Wilkins/Man I/Topper

Chris Swaim – John Kettle/Scrooge’s Nephew/Young Scrooge/Pawnbroker

Timothy Ven – Charlie/Man II

Jack Wall – William Moody/Peter/Tom Billings

Trey Wood – Tiny Tim/Little Scrooge/Ignorance

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP will sponsor the run of An Old Salem Christmas Carol.

An Opening Night Reception will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 7, in the lobby.

 An Old Salem Christmas Carol runs approximately an hour and a half, including one fifteen-minute intermission.

For further information, please visit www.LTofWS.org or call (336) 725-4001.

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