502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
With the continued increase locally in COVID-19 cases, especially over the past several days, we do not feel it is wise to proceed with our plans for in-person performances of A Christmas Carol – adapted by Terry Weber and performed by the Word Players.
Instead of the live performance and in the spirit adapting to which we’ve become accustomed this year, we will present a video of the performance. The production will be available for streaming from 1:00pm on December 24th until 12:00am on January 1, 2021.
The Streamed video will be free, however donations may be made to benefit The Clayton Center for the Arts and The WordPlayers. The link to view the performance will be available @ 1pm on Dec. 24.
We thank you for adapting with us and allowing us to keep the arts alive.
A Christmas Carol
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!”