- $15 for one ticket to A Christmas Carol (a $25 value)
- Where: The Footlight Players
- Seating: best available upon redemption in person
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 14, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m.
A Christmas Carol
In Charles Dickens’s timeless Yuletide ghost story, an inveterate miser discovers there is more to the holiday season than making up words such as “humbug.” It's Christmas Eve, and Ebenezer Scrooge thinks his sole concession to the spirit of generosity—grudgingly giving his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit tomorrow off with pay—will be the day's only unpleasant event. But that's before the shade of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, drops by wearing a preview of the chains Scrooge himself has forged through a lifetime of greed. Three other spirits soon follow and whisk Scrooge on a journey through time, where he reflects on a love lost with the Ghost of Christmas Past, peeks in on the present-day poverty—and good cheer—of the Cratchit house with the Ghost of Christmas Present, and quakes before the horror of dying alone and unloved with the Ghost of Christmas Future. Like most high-school calculus tests, it all ends up being a dream, giving Scrooge one last chance to redeem himself and save Tiny Tim.
Adapted by local director and playwright Bobby Cronin, Footlight Theatre's A Christmas Carol leavens the well-known proceedings with popular carols and original music by composer Angelyn Benson. Scene-stealing tunes include a "I'll Be Home for Christmas" as belted by Bob Cratchit, and a heart-rending rendition of "What Child Is This?" sung while a young Scrooge sits alone in a school refectory. Despite the musical additions, the show retains Dickens' trademark colorful language and moralistic plot, creating a hybrid that the Randolph Herald raved as "...first-rate work, a premium blend of energy, talent, and theatrical genius."
The Footlight Players
It started small: in 1931, Lieutenant Commander Charles Russell Price directed a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. It was an unexpected success, and a year later, his band of amateur theater-makers were officially calling themselves The Footlight Players. The ensemble began performing at various spaces around town, and as their popularity grew, they became a local institution.
Today, The Footlight Players uphold Price's vision by staging seasonal works ranging from comic musicals to dramatic plays. And while the company now has a permanent home in a historic cotton warehouse, their scrappy, let's-put-on-a-show attitude hasn't changed—local volunteers are always welcome to audition, lend an extra hand, or shake cottonseeds out of the stage curtains.