Twilight Theatre Serves a heapin’ helping of hilarity

Fri, 11/23/2007 - 10:29am
By: The Citizen

Twilight Theatre Serves a heapin’ helping of hilarity

Winner of the Fox 5’s Best Theatre 2007, The Twilight Theatre will help audiences gear up for the holidays when they debut their holiday production of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate’s Townswomens Guild’s Dramatic Society’s Production of a Christmas Carol.”

Theater fans can expect to fill up on laughs when the show opens on Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. at the YMCA Blackbox Theater in Fayetteville.

This play-within-a-play brings the Dickensian favorite, “A Christmas Carol” to the stage as you’ve never seen it before, for when the ladies of the Farndale Dramatic Society take to the stage, anything can happen – and does. This stalwart group of lady thespians brings ineptitude to new heights with their dizzily endearing, well-meaning assault on the Dickens Christmas classic.

The festive farcical romp features a cast of five actors who are good enough to be quite bad. There’s Jeanne Hewell Chambers as Mrs. Phoebe Reece, the troupe’s ringleader who also plays Tiny Tim, a little girl, a fund raiser, and the hostess-with-the-mostest. There’s Jeanne’s real-life daughter Alison Chambers as Thelma, the prima donna Scrooge. They are joined on stage by Kathy Andersen as the accident-prone Mercedes; Rachel Bell as young, clueless Felicity; and Robbie Kirkland, the persevering put-upon but always ready to help stage manager.

Inspired by watching their mothers in community theatre productions, authors David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. skillfully layer the humor and toss in a little something for everybody. The physical humor (sometimes bordering on slap-stick) melds nicely with the elements of sophisticated wit and sarcasm. With a certain Monty Python flair, there’s cross-dressing, ego-clashing, audience participation, stiff-upper-lip exercises and more.

Twilight Theatre’s production of “Farndale” will run through two weekends with shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Matinees will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 25 and 30 and Dec. 1 and 2.

Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission.

Tickets prices are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, email or call 770-486-9224. And in the true spirit of the season, all ticket prices include a free gift.

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