“As we've worked on this show, I couldn't help but find myself feeling quite sentimental.” Says Jaclyn Johnson, Artistic Director at Festival Theatre. Jaclyn will be leaving Festival Theatre, after A Christmas Carol closes, ”This time of year, one of giving and joy, good food and even better company, is a wonderful time yet it always makes me think of the years behind us and those before us. And while the visits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come are enough to get me reminiscing, I must also acknowledge the fact that this show marks the last production under my leadership as "Artistic Director." I cannot thank this community enough for treasuring this art form, for embracing our storytelling, for imagining other realities and times, for disappearing into a magic room called a theatre for a few hours each month, year or even just once. Thank you for joining me at Festival Theatre and practicing empathy for characters you will never meet, alongside loved ones and strangers alike. From each audience members to each youth at auditions and Creativity Camps, to my fellow cast-mates and staff members, to our volunteers and board, to those who paved the way and to those who will take that torch from here, I count our time together as a moment of light and a blessing to my life. Thank you for being a part of my story.” Jaclyn continues,” Obviously Charles Dickens wouldn't mind me getting a bit sentimental, as the season does suggest it's justified. But with his original intentions in mind, I offer you this... As you watch this show, as you celebrate your holidays, as you join hands in song and high spirit, may you recall your own blessings with a thoughtful mind for those who do not share in your own abundance. May you be charitable to those who suffer, and may you treasure each moment with each person you meet as a gift, for we truly are blessed.”
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and adapted by James L. Walker, will continue to run through Sunday, December 27. $10.00 tickets on Thursday, December 17, order online using the discount code: Christmas. To reserve your spot for the shows, go tofestivaltheatre.org, or call 715-483-3387 during box office hours Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or at the box office the day of the show. Festival Theatre would like to thank the lead sponsors of A Christmas Carol, Thrivent Financial and Amery Hospital and Clinics.