Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications has authorized the release of the following information regarding Barry Fuller, who returns to the stage as Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” This will be Fuller’s 13th and final performance as Scrooge at Theatre Memphis.
“Memphis, TN – A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis will open December 6, 2013, with a tribute gala event honoring Barry Fuller. Fuller, who was the first actor to portray Ebenezer Scrooge in the original Theatre Memphis, will be reprising the role this year for his 13th and last time at Theatre Memphis. A Christmas Carol returns to Theatre Memphis this year for the 36th consecutive year and runs through December 23 on the Lohrey Stage with weekend evening shows and matinees and some weeknight performances. Weekday school matinee performances (a truncated version without Fuller) are on the Lohrey Stage December 4 – December 20, 2012 (2 performances per day at 9:30am and 11am. Contact 901.682.5261 for prices and details).”
Hartzog goes on to say, “Barry set the bar 36 years ago when he won the hearts of our patrons as old Scrooge, even at a relatively young age” says Debbie Litch, Executive Producer of Theatre Memphis. “With him stepping away from this role after playing it so many times (and directing it once), we wanted to honor him in the most appropriate fashion.” The gala evening will consist of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to the opening performance with libations and desserts following along with a chance to meet and greet Fuller. There will be a silent auction to benefit the artistic programs at Theatre Memphis held throughout the evening along with special displays and acknowledgements for Fuller.
As far as Fuller is concerned, the ghosts of the Past, Present and Future are not haunting him at all.” He says, “It has been a marvelous run and I am passing the baton. I have been so fortunate to have been touched by the individuals and families that formed the Christmas Carol company each year. I’ve made some amazing friends. And I am so touched that Theatre Memphis is making this year so special.”
Hartzog says, “The body of work that Fuller has created in Memphis alone began in 1958 when he came to Memphis to participate in the summer season of the newly formed Front Street Theatre.”
This year’s “A Christmas Carol,” will be directed by Jason Spitzer, with run dates from Dec. 6-23, 2013. A special benefit performance honoring Barry Fuller’s long run as Scrooge, will be held Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 from 6pm tp 9:30pm. The tickets for this performance are $100 per person, and includes a Cocktail Buffet/Performance/Dessert Bar/Silent Auction.
Dates of other shows are: December 7 – 23, with evening performances @ 7pm December 7,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22
Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 3pm December 8,14,15,21,22
Tickets for these shows are $30 for adults, $15 for students with valid ID and $10 for children under 12 years of age. The box office phone number is 901.682.8323 and the web address is www.theatrememphis.org.
Presenting Sponsors are AutoZone/ArtsZone, with additional sponsoring by Dina & Brad Martin and Davey Tree Expert Company.
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