The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 9, 2011

‘My wife and I enjoyed this play’

Ronnie Daughtry

TARBORO — Dear Editor,

Roberta Cashwell and the Tar River Players have provided us another wonderful play to celebrate the Christmas season. In this, their 7th season, they gave us a Christmas Carol, done in a novel and unique manner.

The audience is a part of the play and characters are running up and down the aisles and everywhere. The audience was encouraged to sing with the actors (at least I think we were, I know I did).

Highlights include Jim Buttermilk as the skinflint Ebeneezer Scrooge who everyone hates, but who has an epiphany after being visited by various ghosts and he turns good.

One of those ghosts is Jacob Marley, deceased partner of Scrooge, played by Cousin Bryan Haislip. In a real role reversal, Bryan who played Clarence the Angel in last Christmas' production, returns from hell to help reform his stingy friend.

The best laugh of the night (Saturday) was completely unintentional. The win decanter and glasses had been accidentally broken in a previous scene. Jayson Ducket, playing the part of Mr. Fred ad libbed, “those who are able, partake of the wine”, or something to that effect.

My wife and I enjoyed this play as much as a play we saw at ECU a couple of weeks ago, at 1/3 the price.

This play is at ECC 3 more days, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm

Don't miss it!

Ronnie Daughtry