A Territorial tradition

Set in Oklahoma Territory shortly after the Land Run, Pollard's 'A Territorial Christmas Carol' has become a classic.

Twenty-six years after its debut performance, A Territorial Christmas Carol continues to delight audiences and bring Guthrie's perennial celebration to life. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Past, Present and Future bring their lesson of redemption to the Pollard stage. Performances continue through  December 22.

Set in Oklahoma shortly after the Land Run, A Territorial Christmas Carol opens in the home of Ben and Elizabeth Moody who, along with their young son William, are now experiencing a Christmas devoid of friends and family. William is particularly forlorn as he misses his siblings and is the lone child in the Moody's new territorial home. When a mysterious stranger, known only as Charlie, arrives and offers to share a Christmas story in exchange for shelter from the elements, the family is transported into Dickens' classic tale of brotherly love and redemption.

“This show has been such an important part of the Pollard's history that many Oklahomans have made it a Christmas tradition. It means so much to us, so we work hard to keep it fresh without altering the elements that have made it an integral part of Oklahoma tradition,” said Pollard artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson.

Stevenson returns to helm this year's production and James Ong, a favorite among Pollard audiences, returns to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the fourteenth year. Pollard regulars James A. Hughes and Timothy Stewart also return to the cast in the roles of Bob Cratchit and Charlie, respectively.

A Territorial Christmas Carol opened November 29 and plays through December 22. Tickets are now available for purchase online and at the box office: $25.00 for adults, with discounts for students, seniors and military. Student rush tickets are available at the door, subject to availability, and website specials are offered for Thursday and Sunday performances. Many performance dates will sell-out, so early reservations are recommended.

The Pollard Theatre is located at 120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie, OK. For more information and ticket purchase, please visit www.thepollard.orgor contact the box office at 405-282-2800 or boxoffice@thepollard.org

The Gayly – December 13, 2013 @ 11:45am