Holiday plays celebrate the season

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published November 18, 2015

 Audrey Brown as Mary Bailey, Mark Misch as George Bailey and Julia Polet as Zuzu celebrate the season in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Audrey Brown as Mary Bailey, Mark Misch as George Bailey and Julia Polet as Zuzu celebrate the season in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Photo by Bryan Clifford, provided by Avon Players

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ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

“Generations of metro Detroiters have seen this show,” Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director, said in a statement. “Some folks who came early on are coming back with grandchildren now. We’re thrilled to be part of their families during the holiday season.”

The play features Tom Mahard as Ebenezer Scrooge. Mahard has performed in over 1,000 performances of the seasonal favorite in various roles. Two local children — Ethan Sharp, of Clarkston, and Benjamin Torrey, of Beverly Hills — share the role of Tiny Tim.

“This is our largest cast of the season,” Travis Walter, MBT artistic director, said in a statement. “It’s great for the kids that are in the cast, for them to get a taste of acting professionally.”

Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest-producing professional theater and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. The theater is located on the campus of Oakland University.

Avon Players will present “It’s a Wonderful Life”  Nov. 27-Dec. 12. The tale of George Bailey and the lesson he learns is a holiday treat for all ages. Detroit radio personality Chuck Daugherty plays the role of Mr. Potter, who threatens to take over the town of Bedford Falls in the play based upon the beloved film.

Avon Players is a nonprofit community theater group located on Washington Road. Since 1947, the group has entertained people young and old with a variety of theatrical offerings. 

Tickets for “It’s a Wonderful Life” cost $16, with discounts for students, groups and seniors. Call (248) 608-9077 or order at  www.avonplayers.org.

Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” cost $20-$42 and are available by calling (248) 377-3300 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Performances continue through Dec. 24.  Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316 for discounts. Special family discounts are also offered for specific performances.

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