Christmas memories take the stage

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published November 7, 2017

 Avon Players will present “A Christmas Story”  Nov. 24-Dec. 9 at the Avon Players playhouse on Washington Road.

Avon Players will present “A Christmas Story” Nov. 24-Dec. 9 at the Avon Players playhouse on Washington Road.

Photo provided by Avon Players

ROCHESTER HILLS — Playgoers will find holiday classics on the Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players stages this season.

Meadow Brook Theatre will present its 36th annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 10-Dec. 24 on the campus of Oakland University.

“This is our Christmas card to southeast Michigan,” Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director, said in a statement. “We’re happy to be an important part of so many families’ holiday traditions. People of all ages look forward to it every year.”

Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, a handful of ghosts and more will travel the streets of London to deliver a message of unity.

“This is our largest cast of the season,” Travis Walter, MBT’s artistic director, said in a statement. “While delivering a powerful show to audiences throughout the holiday season, the cast and crew becomes a family itself. Professional actors work side by side with local children, and the playful energy and friendships forged create a real family atmosphere on and offstage.”

Tickets range in price from $28 to $43 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at (248) 377-3300 or visiting Ticketmaster.com. Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316 for group discounts.

“There are lots of opportunities to see the show,” Marshall said. “We’re starting early — Nov. 10. We want everyone to be able to attend, so there are quite a few chances for families to get discounted tickets early in the run.”

Audiences of all ages will enjoy “A Christmas Story” Nov. 24-Dec. 9 at Avon Players, said John Deierlein, theater director. The tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who yearns for a Red Ryder air rifle from Santa, is a modern classic.

“This holiday season, laugh along with your own near and dear as your favorite moments come to life on Avon Players’ stage,” Deierlein said in an email. “The ‘double dog dare’ that goes awry, the unfortunate pajamas and the presence of a very distinctive lamp are just some of the reasons why audiences of all ages will enjoy ‘A Christmas Story.’”

Tickets for all “A Christmas Story” shows cost $18. Call the box office at (248) 608-9077 for tickets or order online at www.avonplayers.org. Group rates are available by calling the box office. The Avon Players playhouse is located at 1185 Washington Road in Rochester.