ALTOONA — Miracle Productions at St. Luke’s presents a holiday classic with a local twist: “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…in Altoona”. Performances will be over two weekends: Fridays and Saturdays, November 23, 24, and 30, and December 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 25 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Ticket price includes dessert, beverage, and bonus entertainment at intermission.
The show is directed by Woody and Marilyn Pyeatt, who adapted Charles Dickens’ original novella expressly for this production. It is set in Altoona, using the premise that local performers are acting the roles under the direction of and with narration by Dickens, during one of his visits to America. The story is enhanced by “street scenes” and musical interludes of Christmas carols and other seasonal favorites. The Pyeatts, who have a long history of acting, directing, and producing theatre, relocated to Altoona in 2016 to be closer to family. They are both excited to be working on another holiday classic. Last fall Woody directed “It’s a Wonderful Life” for Altoona Community Theatre at the Mishler, and Marilyn played George Bailey’s mother.
Miracle Productions focuses on family-friendly, accessible entertainment, and auditions are always open to the whole community. This cast includes almost 40 actors, from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels, including several parents who are sharing this adventure with their children. The show features E. Bernhard Warg of Phillipsburg as the visiting Charles Dickens and David Wirick of Altoona as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future are played respectively by Greg Williams of Williamsburg, and Bonnie Gordon and Tom Zernic of Altoona. Several cast members were also seen in Miracle Productions’ first show in the spring of 2018, “Rip Van Winkle.”
Tickets are available in advance at the church office, 806 13th Street, from cast members, and at two Thompsons Pharmacy locations: on Chestnut Avenue in Altoona and on Blair Street in Hollidaysburg. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on performance days, subject to availability. Donations for St. Luke’s Food Pantry are also greatly appreciated. For more information, email the church at email@example.com or call 814-942-1372.