502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
Additional performances Dec. 18 @7:30pm & Dec 20 @ 3pm
The WordPlayers and the Clayton Center for the Arts will co-produce a Staged Reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The adaptation for three actor/readers by the WordPlayers‘ Artistic Director, Terry Weber, is almost entirely based on Charles Dickens’ own cutting of his novella, which he himself performed as a solo reading over 120 times in Europe and America.
The reading of this classic “Ghost Story of Christmas” will bring to the imagination all of Dickens’ most memorable characters, settings, and themes of social justice, generosity, and the importance of family.
Three readers, Terry Weber, Davion Tynarious Brown and Gracie Belt, will interpret various characters as well as lead in narration. Terry is the Artistic Director of The WordPlayers, a retired UT professor of Theatre, and a veteran of hundreds of theatre projects over a career spanning 40+ years. Davion is a native of Australia and, having performed in numerous theatres, is currently pursuing an MFA in Acting at UT. Gracie is a graduate of the UT Theatre Department and an accomplished musician. In addition to working professionally in regional theatre (Clarence Brown Theatre, the Great River Shakespeare Festival), Gracie has worked with the Fiasco Theatre Company in NYC.
As Dickens wished, may this “Ghost of an Idea…not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, [or] with the season!”
Seating is limited. Seating will be in pairs or family groups of 4, physically distanced in the theatre. Tickets must be purchased by calling the Box Office at 865-981-8590 ( online during the week of Thanksgiving as the Clayton Center will be closed Nov 25-29.) Tickets will be print at home or digital only, no will call. Seating will be by timed entry and the Box Office will notify each group of their time.
Masks must be worn at all times, Sanitation stations are located throughout the Center and physically distanced markers are evident throughout. After the performance, patrons will be dismissed in sections so as to adhere to distancing guidelines.
We are excited to present the arts again and thank you for your cooperation so that we may keep the arts alive!