Class Acts Drama and Sydney’s Southend Community Centre have just added a fourth performance to their dinner theatre production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol scheduled for the first full week of December.
The additional performance is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, added to the sold out shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 8 to 10. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm.
Tickets for the added show can be reserved by calling the Southend Community Centre, 28 Hillview Street, Sydney, at 562-8192.
“Based on the response from other years, when we sold out quickly and had a long waiting list for tickets, we planned on adding an extra night this year just in case,” says Brian Gallivan of Class Acts Drama who directed this production.
“We also started earlier with our poster campaign and when we started selling tickets,” Gallivan adds, “but our main advertising comes from word of mouth from the audience members from previous years. As one women told me last year: ‘You’ve made my Christmas’. For that reason I think this is the quickest we’ve sold out in four years.”
Gallivan also believes another selling point for the show is David Hutchinson’s stirring performance, as Bob Crachit, singing “O Holy Night”.
Along with the heart-warming story of a cold-hearted miser who learns to mend his ways after visits from four ghostly Christmas visitors, the evening includes a turkey dinner with all the trimmings by Oakley Catering.
The cast, headed by James F. W. Thompson as “Scrooge”, is made up of CAD students and older actors from the theatre community.
Gallivan believes one of the important aspects of a show like this is it gives young actors the experience of performing with older actors.
“The children look to the teens, and the teens look to the adults,” he observes.