Usher in the holiday season with your favorite Christmas stories brought to life on stage.
A Christmas Carol returns to the American Shakespeare Center
The American Shakespeare Center’s beloved holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, returns to Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton from December 1-30.
Each performance opens with a rousing cast-led rendition of holiday tunes, then immerses the audience in Charles Dickens’ tale of transformation and joy as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future guide miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through his miserable, penniless life. Tickets for this beloved celebration sell out early, so fans are encouraged to make their plans now.
Tickets are available online at americanshakespearecenter.com or by calling 1-877-MUCH-ADO (1-877-682-4236).
Featuring many returning actors from ASC’s recent fall troupe, this production also marks the return of Ronald Romano-Melendez as Scrooge, Nick Sanchez as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Chris Bellinger as Marley.
As the American Shakespeare Center Players tell the story of the miserly Scrooge on stage this December, the lobby of Blackfriars Playhouse will be a place of giving and goodwill through ASC’s Goodfellow Project. Initiated in 2018 by American Shakespeare Center cast member Constance Swain, ASC’s Goodfellow Project partners with local organizations in a spirit of giving and gratitude.
This season, Project Goodfellow is supporting the Valley Mission, and from December 2-30, ASC will be collecting coats and much-needed winter accessories. Trash cans will be located in the lobby of the theater and patrons are encouraged to bring their donations when they come to see the show.
ShenanArts presents Miracle on 34th Street, a Play
ShenanArts presents Miracle on 34th Street. This live theater production is based on the beloved Twentieth Century Fox film of the same name. Set in the 1940s, this family holiday classic is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages.
Under the direction of Anne Taetzsch Fitzgerald, the holiday spirit is on full display. “This time of year is filled with hope and joy. There is so much promise and so much joy. We are excited to bring a little holiday magic to our community,” said Fitzgerald.
We meet Kris Kringle (David Lusk), an old man in a nursing home who takes a job working for Doris Walker (Katie Marsh) as Santa at Macy’s. Chris unleashes waves of goodwill with Macy’s customers and the New York commercial community, directing parents to other stores to find just the toy their child has been asking for. Counselor Macy (Buddy Garrison), who plans to commit Chris to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, sees him as a fraud and a danger, and the case ends up going to trial. He is defended by Fred Galey (Jonathan Erdman), who hopes to convince Judge Harper (James Sargent) and the rest of New York that Chris is really Santa Claus. One little girl’s (Sloane Franklin) faith in Santa is especially at stake.
Performances on December 2-4 and 9-11. On Friday and Saturday shows start at 19.00, Sunday matinees at 15.00. Tickets are $12 to $19 and are available online at shenanarts.org or by calling 1-540-712-0001. ShenanArts is located at The Hilltop, 300 Churchville Ave., Staunton.
Gerald Charles Dickens’ performance of A Christmas Carol at the Wayne Theatre
It starts on Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m
All tickets: $28. To order by phone, call the box office at 1-540-943-9999 or purchase online at Wayne’s Theatre.
Gerald Dickens is the great-great-grandson of the writer Charles Dickens. He worked as an actor, director and producer for many years.
In 1993, he created his first one-man show, a theatrical production of A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own vigorous readings in the 1860s.
His passion for life and work on the subject led him to write and stage further one-man plays, including Mr. Dickens Comes!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches of Bose. He regularly performs in major theaters and art centers, as well as in hotels and stately homes. He has performed at several art and literary festivals in the UK and has entertained cruise ship passengers around the world since 2007.
In 2012, as part of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary celebrations, Gerald met the Queen of England at a special reception at Buckingham Palace.
Gerald enjoys introducing children and young people to the works of Charles Dickens and runs workshops and performances in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and USA. He recorded his staging of “Carols”, which was regularly played on the radio. His television work has included various appearances in feature and documentary films for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
The Wayne Theatre/Ross Center for the Performing Arts is located at 521 W. Main St. in Waynesboro. For more information, call 1-540-943-9999.