The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 9, 2011

‘A Christmas Carol’


TARBORO — The Tar River Players opened their seventh season with a gala production of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” this past weekend  playing to a capacity crowd  in McIntyre Auditorium.

“We were thrilled with the turnout for the first weekend of “A Christmas Carol” and even more excited by the responses we’ve received from those who have attended,”    said Director Roberta Cashwell.

“Come join the holiday fun.  It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”

On Friday and Saturday nights and at the Sunday matinee,  actresses and actors in Victorian costume mingled with members of the audience for fifteen minutes prior to curtain time to help set the stage for the main event.

Jim Lowdermilk gave a stellar performance as Ebenezer Scooge, the “Bah, Humbug” man whom everyone loves to hate and who was visited by four ghosts during the play, resulting in his well-known conversion.  He was ably supported by Bryan Haislip as his former partner Jacob Marley, Mary McCall Leland as the  sprightly Ghost of Christmas Past, Tiffany Clark as the teasingly beautiful Ghost of Christmas Present and Harry Nesbit as the silent but deadly Ghost of Christmas Future, and Jayson Duckett as his nephew, Fred, and as the crusty scavenger, Old Joe.

All of  the familiar Dickens characters were there including the Cratchit Family, played by Gary Jones, Dawn Whitehurst, Perry Morrison, Sophia Nesbit, Emily Whitehurst and Cynthia Ribustello.   David Cashwell, Carnell Lamm and Patsy Miller narrated.   Strong vocal and musical support was provided by an ensemble group of Victorian characters including young actors Sammy Mould, Caroline Forrester, Will Marshall, James Whitehurst, Spencer Hale and Madison Hardy.

Local residents are invited participate in the merriment and pathos of this well known Christmas favorite as the Players perform again on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on  Sunday.  Tickets are available at the door; $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and  Edgecombe Community College staff.