The Alhambra Theater & Dining will celebrate the start of its fifth season under the management of Theatre Partners LLC and the leadership of Managing Partner, Craig Smith with the production of Bruce Allen Scudder’ “Christmas Carole”. The show will run from December 3 – December 24, 2013 at the Alhambra (the nation’s longest running professional dinner theater) which will mark the 21st time in the last 23 years for this Christmas Classic. Hurry, seats are going FAST!
In November of 2009, Smith opened the iconic theater after a brief hiatus, and launched his first campaign with Christmas Carole. Since then, the Alhambra has alternated between Christmas Carole and other holiday classics. Last season the Alhambra showed White Christmas and in 2010 it ran It’s a Wonderful Life, the Radio Play, which will return in 2014.
“It is truly hard to believe that this is our fifth season,” commented Smith. “At the same time, when I look around and see how far we have come, it seems like forever ago that we began this journey. It’s even more remarkable that most of the people are the same, and how dedicated they have been to me, to this theater and to our guests. All of our success is because of the hard work of these folks.” Smith also commented on how the Alhambra’s popularity has continued to improve, with a steady rise in attendance and season ticket renewal. “While we keep improving the product, it has been with the support of the media for the arts community and the loyalty of our guests that have gotten us this far. We continue working every day toward constant improvement and new ways to surprise our guests.”
The role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by Gary Marachek, who took over the role from Tony Triano in 2011. Marachek actually played the part when the Alhambra first produced Christmas Carol 23 years ago. Also in the cast will be some familiar faces: Ken Uibel will make his annual appearance as Bob Marley and each of the ghost characters. Uibel is the only cast member to appear in all 21 showing of Christmas Carole.
Of course, a holiday tradition would be less satisfying without a traditional holiday meal to accompany it. Alhambra’s Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, will prepare a holiday feast.
The menu will feature: a fresh garden salad with candied nuts and an herb vinaigrette dressing.
The main course: The first plate includes carved honey-baked ham with mustard glaze, sweet potato soufflé, cornbread stuffing and green beans with candied pecans. The second plate features parmesan-crusted salmon with pesto, sweet potato soufflé and oven roasted vegetables. There is also a vegetarian plate that includes roasted acorn squash stuffed with cornbread dressing served with sautéed kale and sweet potato soufflé.
Dessert: Chef DeJuan’s traditional Chocolate Mousse, Crème Broulet French Toast and Dutch apple pie.
Kindly bring an unwrapped toy with you to the Alhambra’s Christmas Carole which is the kick-off of the annual toy drive. Toys collected from patrons will be collected in the Alhambra lobby, and then delivered by the cast to area charities. Details and specific charities are still being determined. Over the past four seasons, the Alhambra delivered more than 3,500 toys to Daniel Home for Children, Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital and several shelters.
Dates: December 3, 2013 – December 24, 2013
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m. Group sales are available.
Dress: “Gala Night” Friday December 6, 2013 is “Formal/Dressy”. All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets starts at $46.00 for adults and $35.00 for children. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking.
Location: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
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