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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is Wimberley Players Holiday Presentation in Wimberley, Texas
An innovative version of the famous tale, "A Christmas Carol," will help open the holiday season in Wimberley on November 24. It is being presented by the Wimberley Players in their new Playhouse.

The adaptation, written by Doris Baizley, is a play within a play. A rag-tag theatre troupe, traveling around to perform the popular yuletide show, suddenly finds that Scrooge and Tiny Tim have abandoned the tour. The prop boy is enlisted to play the part of Tim and the cynical stage manager is persuaded to play old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. The enlisted players quickly become a part of the story and the show, as always, "goes on."

Many visual and sensory effects enliven this production. Out of the troupe's huge trunk come clowns, musicians, and jugglers, tumbling to the music in a theatrical fantasy choreographed by Pamela Schultz. Actors, who play multiple character roles, also play the part of various pieces of the minimalist set, such as doorposts, furniture and the flames of a non-existent stove.

The Wimberley Players production is being directed by Judith Laird. Assistant Director is Charlotte Caldwell. Cast members are Allan Eastwood as Stage Manager and Scrooge; Samuel Ellisor and Logan Giberson, alternating performances as Prop Boy and Tiny Tim;  Bill Phillips as Director, Marley and Christmas Future; Larry Landaker as Leading Man and Bob Cratchit; Denise Bjerke as Leading Lady and Mrs. Cratchit; Gary Yowell as Young Leading Man and Fred; Gina McClure as Ingenue, Belle and Mrs. Fred; Priya Hudson as Character Woman, Charitable Woman, Mrs. Fezziwig, Mother-in-law and Parrot; Andy Quittner as Old Clown, School Master, Mr. Fezziwig and Jake the Fence, Patrick Savage as Clown 1, Ali Baba, Christmas Present 1 and Scavenger 1 & 4; Kay Quittner as Clown 2, Christmas Present 2 and Scavenger 2; Nancy Weaver as Clown 3, Little Caroler, Christmas Present 3 and Scavenger 3; and Edwin Reck as Christmas Past.

Live music will grace this production, as Cina Crisara, musical director of the Starlight Symphony Orchestra in Wimberley, conducts a small ensemble on stage for each night's performance.

A Christmas Carol will run weekends from November 24 to December 10 at the Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road (between the Square and FM 3237). Performances are 8:00 on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 on Sundays. The opening night reception, November 24, will begin at 7:00 p.m. with wassail and goodies in the lobby.

Tickets for school-age kids will be $10 for all performances; the adult price is $15. Tickets can be reserved by calling 847-0575, and will be available for purchase at the theatre's box office starting November 20. Box office hours are 1:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.



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