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Christmas in the park: Theater and church partner to bring outdoor performances of "A Christmas Carol"


Nov. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.

This holiday season, Theatre Victoria will present "A Christmas Carol," free of charge at various locations throughout the city.

South Texas may not get a lot of snow, but starting this weekend, it sure will be beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Theatre Victoria has partnered with LifePointe Fellowship to present four free performances of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," including some outdoor shows.

"Something like this brings the theater to the people in a very personal way. It helps break down barriers, which is something we've been trying very hard to do," Theatre Victoria producing artistic director Charles Moster said. "Theatre isn't for the elite. We want to let folks know that it's for everyone, and this is a great way to get that message out."

The show is being directed by Larry Rose, a member of LifePointe Fellowship, and stars 30 local actors, including Walter Womack as Ebenezer Scrooge and Rick Jones as Bob Cratchit.

"We have both experienced actors and some completely new to the theater. There are a lot of new faces and a lot of community involvement in this already," Rose, who has a theater background, said. "The cast has been phenomenal to work with. This has been a wonderful experience so far, and I think this will be a big hit with Victoria."

The first performance will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at De Leon Plaza. Subsequent performances will follow the next two Saturdays at Hiller House, the Victoria Mall and LifePointe Fellowship. The show has been shortened to 45 minutes and will also include music and Christmas carols.

"This is a gift to the community for the holiday season. It's a labor of love, and we want to give back to the community that has been so supportive of us," Moster said. "We're really hoping this is something people come to with their family, bring their kids who have never seen live theater before."

Moster added that he would love to see this become a regular series in Victoria.

"Hopefully we'll be able to do something like this again. We'll see how the community responds," he said.



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