Monday, January 31, 2011

A New American Classic

Theatres across the country (professional, educational and amateur) and their audiences are discovering a new show that combines the fun and appeal of traditional holiday fare with the maturity of serious American drama. (Think Charles Dickens meets Horton Foote.)

“A Southern Christmas Carol” transplants Charles Dickens’ classic story from 1840’s London to 1930’s rural Georgia during the height of the Great Depression and Jim Crow. When the show first premiered in 2003 at Cotton Hall Theatre in Colquitt Georgia, featuring a New York City-based cast and crew, critics praised it as being “Lovely…sad, funny, inspiring…something truly beautiful, honest and original.” Georgia audiences so loved the show that Cotton Hall Theatre continued to produced the show out of New York annually.

Since 2009 “A Southern Christmas Carol” has spread beyond Georgia, enjoying multiple productions in Alabama, Arkansas and Virginia.

Professional productions have been presented using a small cast of 10 actors (6 males/4 females) with each playing multiple roles.—making “A Southern Christmas Carol” a great choice for professional venues looking to produce a unique but audience-pleasing holiday show on a tight budget.

Numerous amateur productions have featured large casts of 20 to 50 actors—making “A Southern Christmas Carol” the perfect choice for community theatres, schools and churches looking to showcase a wide-range of local talent and bolster community involvement in their productions.

Read what the critics have to say about “A Southern Christmas Carol” and then consider if this startlingly original new incarnation of a revered classic might not be perfect for your theatre. Professional and amateur rights are now available.> For more information write:

Also be sure to peruse this blog’s archives for more information on the production history, past cast members, script, characters and music of “A Southern Christmas Carol.”

Discover the show that critics have called, “something truly beautiful, honest and original…Great fun!...A hoot that warms the heart.”

Top center photo: The cast of the 2004 Cotton Hall Production. Above left photo: Andrew Frace in the 2004 Cotton Hall production. Above right photo: Marissa McGowan in the original 2003 Cotton Hall production. Bottom photo: Peter Lewis & Allison Spragin in the 2003 Cotton Hall production.)

"God Bless Us Everyone"

Tiny (Rubin Singleton) sings "God Bless Us Everyone" in the original 2003 Cotton Hall Theatre produciton of "A Southern Christmas Carol." This criically acclaimed musical play transplants Dickens' Christmas classic from 1840s London to 1933 rural Georgia during the height of the Great Depression and Jim Crow.