Playhouse performs Christmas classic

Scrooge, played by Don Fleming, receives a visit from the ghost of Christmas past. ‘A Christmas Carol’ premieres 7 p.m. Friday at Playhouse in the Park. || Kristen Allen/The News

Scrooge, played by Don Fleming, receives a visit from the ghost of Christmas past. ‘A Christmas Carol’ premieres 7 p.m. Friday at Playhouse in the Park. || Kristen Allen/The News

For this holiday season, Playhouse in the Park is hosting a special Christmas show for the community featuring Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

The director of the play, Jeffrey Miller, wrote an original stage adaptation to follow more closely with the novel.

Miller wrote the adaptation in order to honor the original storyline­­­­.

“The adaptation Jeff wrote follows much closer to the novel and is a refreshing spin compared to the weird, quirky adaptations you usually see,” said Elizabeth Hammonds, Murray State alumna from Murray, who plays Mrs. Cratchit.

The cast has been rehearsing for five weeks and decided to use this play to honor Dickens 200th birthday. The cast has a wide age range, including children age 6 to adults who are 70. For some, playing a specific part in this play has been a dream come true.

“I’ve worked for the Playhouse since 1979 and it’s always been a dream to play Scrooge,” said Don Fleming, nonstudent from Murray. “It’s a great experience to finally play this part.”

“A Christmas Carol” will be showing at 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 7 and Saturday Dec. 8 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 9. The show will also be playing at 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 14 and Saturday Dec. 15 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16 at Playhouse in the Park in Murray Calloway Central Park.

To order tickets, call the box office at 759-1752.

Staff report