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What The Dickens? Hilarious Farndale Christmas Carol adaptation opens at NTC Thursday


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  • Dec. 03, 2021 - 4:40 PM

What The Dickens? Hilarious Farndale Christmas Carol adaptation opens at NTC Thursday

Photo courtesy NTC

Newnan Theatre Company’s The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol opens Thursday. The cast includes, from left, Megs Free, Andi Laaker, Matt Purdue, Terri Whitley and Allison Yost.

Newnan Theatre Company continues its much-needed Season of Laughs with The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol.

The show, which opens Thursday, is an irreverent version of the Charles Dickens classic. Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin, Jr. and set in England, the show is about members of a small-town amateur theater guild whose actors imagine that they would be bound for greatness if not surrounded by imbeciles – meaning each other.

Directed by Mary Caroline Moore, the show features cast members Thelma (Andi Laaker), Mrs. Reece (Terri Whitley), Felicity (Allison Yost), Audrey (Megs Free), Mr. Plummer (Matt Purdue) and Gwynneth (Tammy Kimbell).

Thelma plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the slapstick Farndale version of the tale, while the other cast members hilariously swap roles, costumes and props to approximate Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

“The Farndale shows are like the Murphy’s Law of theatre – anything that can go wrong will go wrong,” Moore said. “I fully appreciate how much hard work by cast and crew it takes to be this good at being this bad. McGillivray and Zerlin must have seen their fair share of poorly done live theatre to envision exquisitely done poor live theatre.”

All performances of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol are dedicated to the memory of longtime patron Julie Marchese, who recently passed away and whose family donated all proceeds of her recent estate sale to NTC.

The Farndale comedy will be performed Thursdays-Sundays, Dec. 2-12. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays.

All tickets are $12 on Thursdays. For all other performances, tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors (65-older) and students; and $10 for children (10-under).

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.newnantheatre.org or call 770-683-6282.