Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 8th – 23rd
7:30 PM Thur – Sun, Wed. 21st
2:30 PM Sat – Sun

At the Asheville Masonic Temple

A new chillingly fresh take on Charles Dickens’ infamous ghost story of parsimonious avarice, inflexible callousness, and rapturous redemption.

Come revel in the icy warmth of the season with us in our spooky winter home at the Asheville Masonic Temple and meet the awe inspiring spirit of Christmas face-to-face once more.

Thursday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 15 are “Pay What We’re Worth Nights”. For tickets, call the box office at 828-254-5146 or buy tickets now.

Montford Park Players Promise a Creepy Christmas Carol

Asheville, NC - The Montford Park Players are taking their annual production of A Christmas Carol in a bold new direction this year employing a dynamic new director, building new sets and focusing on the darker side of Dickens. The new play will be stranger, creepier, and scarier than any previous production by the Players. New director, Kevin Smith, has done work with The Magnetic Field and The Polar Express since moving to Asheville from the DC area, but he has always wanted to stage A Christmas Carol as he feels Dickens intended, as a call to generosity and goodwill, but also an unnerving warning against covetous materialism.

Kevin assures us that, while they are keeping the fun and the heartwarming moments, there will also be plenty of surprises, scares and showcases of the desperation of the time. “I didn’t want to give people the same old thing they are expecting. I wanted to give people a new way to look at an old piece. This will not be your traditional Carol,” he says.

Last year’s move to the historic but aging Masonic Temple posed a number of problems for the non-profit theatre company, but also opened up a multitude of opportunities to use the third floor theatre to their advantage. The space is architecturally beautiful but needs some work to return it to grandeur. Every ticket sale contributes to the renovations. In the meantime, the peeling plaster and time-worn look lend a creepy air to each show, immersing the audience in the ghost story taking place on stage. The players promise you will “meet the awe-inspiring spirit of Christmas face-to-face once more.” Let’s hope it puts everyone in the mood for a little goodwill.

The 35th annual production of A Christmas Carol plays at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St, December 8th – 23rd, 7:30 p.m Thursday – Sunday with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, and Wednesday through Friday Dec. 21 - 23. Thursdays, Dec. 8 & 15 are MPP’s “Pay What We’re Worth” nights, offering their summer style donation system as part of their effort to keep shows open to all. Seats are limited however, and the likelihood of sold out houses is high, so reserve yours today at or by calling 828-254-5146.


Mount Hermon Lodge #118 was chartered in 1848 by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Housed in the Asheville Masonic Temple, our Stated Communication meets on the first Thursday of each month with an open dinner at 6:30pm and the meeting following at 7:30pm.