Art Talk Monday: A Christmas Carol

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. Mark your calendars for Christmas magic on December 16th, and help NCLAC raise funds for 2013. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to present a performance by regional acting troupe, The Northeast Louisiana Player’s Guild. The group will be presenting Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, on Sunday, December 16th, at 2pm at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Faithfully adapted from the novel by playwright Amber Medlin, this production promises to delight theatre patrons of all ages.image for fb

The production is special, in that it’s a fundraiser for NCLAC. The year’s end is a tough time for nonprofits, and the Northeast Louisiana Player’s Guild has generously offered to split ticket sales with the Arts Council. We serve Lincoln, Union, Jackson, Claiborne and Bienville parishes, fostering arts opportunities throughout the year. The last few years have seen cuts of over two-thirds to arts funding from the State of Louisiana. Still, NCLAC continues to work and push forward, with a steadfast belief and dedication in our mission. When opportunities such as this benefit performance arise, we feel blessed to work in such a close-knit region, where the arts thrive through partnerships.

This adaptation of the Christmas ghost story follows the bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who holds Christmas and every joy that the season brings, in contempt. Through a chance procured for him through his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, Scrooge is haunted by three spirits in the hope that he will be redeemed, atone for his sins, and join his fellow man in the joy of the season.

Under the direction of the playwright, the cast includes talents such as Scott Higginbotham as Scrooge, Dane Warner as Bob Cratchit, Troy Wold as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Tim Medlin as Jacob Marley, Mary Tyler Storms as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Beaux Coleman as Fred, Quinn Warner as Belle, Benjamin Matherne as Tiny Tim, Ben Thoms as Fezziwig. Young performers Jackson Culp, Emalie Dickey, Anna Jane Storms, and Ben Ambrose fill the remaining roles.

After lunch on Sunday, head over to the Dixie for this matinee performance. This holiday favorite is a perfect way to revel in the season. Tickets are available at the door, or you may call the NCLAC office at 255-1450 for advance tickets. Tickets for A Christmas Carol will be $10 for those 12 and older; under 12 receive free admission. This is a special family outing opportunity.

For more information about the show, call the NCLAC office at (318)255-1450, or Amber Medlin at (318)376-1273.

A special thanks to Karen Pittman and John Emory, Jr., for their coordination efforts.