A Christmas Carol - Live Radio Play
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials and the magic of live sound effects.
Performances are Saturday and Sunday, November 28 & 29 and are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pinehurst Charitable Foundation - Paul Bride Fund.
An ensemble cast of extremely talented local actors tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old miser who hates Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by several spirits who try to teach him the error of his ways, or else be doomed to an afterlife of torment. It's a tried and true tale of redemption, about how one lonely man learns the meaning of Christmas and goodwill to all.
Local performers include Randy Merritt, Dustin Bonecutter, Collin Conway, Jamie Barnes, Jordan Cranford, Hannah Daniels, Zoey Furie, Fritz Barnes, and Isabelle Toepher. The show is directed by the Sunrise's own House Managers - Claire Sellers and Killian Poplyk.
A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying, "Bah Humbug!"
Indoor Shows: Saturday, November 28, 2pm & 5pm
You can purchase tickets in advance online in packs of four seats or call the Sunrise for other ticketing options (692-3611). Remaining tickets will be available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime.
Concessions will not be available at indoor shows.
Face masks are required for every guest without exception and must be worn throughout the performances. Masks must fully cover nose and mouth and fit snugly around your face and chin. No face shields may be worn unless accompanied by an appropriate mask.
Concessions will not be available for indoor shows.
Outdoor Show: Sunday, November 29, 2pm
You can purchase tickets in advance online in packs of four and each group is assigned a circle on the Sunrise Square upon arrival. Larger groups may contact the Sunrise at 692-3611 for other seating options. Remaining tickets will be sold at the box office 30 minutes before showtime.
When seated in your circle, masks may be removed to enjoy the performance.
Chairs and blankets are recommended.
No pets, coolers, or outside food permitted.
Concessions will be available.
Click HERE for tickets to Sunday, November 29, 2pm show at the outdoor theater
MEET THE CAST
Hannah Daniels moved to the area from Hendersonville, where she performed and taught at Flat Rock Playhouse for many years. She currently works as the theatre arts teacher at Union Pines High School. She is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University. Her favorite roles include the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz and Lucy van Pelt in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She is excited to work with this talented group to share this story of hope, as well as her love of all things Christmas.
Jamie Barnes is not new to the stage or Sunrise Theater. She appeared in last year's Sunrise production of It's a Wonderful Life and has either directed or starred in numerous shows over the years. She is a World History teacher at Pinecrest High School where she also acts as Assistant Director in the theater program. Jamie's other creative outlet is designing and choreographing flags and rifle routines for marching band shows. Jamie is happy to be performing in this year's production, with her husband Fritz Barnes
Fritz Barnes has enjoyed live theater for years, only recently venturing onto the stage. He has recently appeared in several local productions including Over the River and Through the Woods, Almost Maine, and Grimm Brothers Spectaculathon. Fritz lives in Aberdeen with his wife Jamie.
Jordan Cranford is a Sandhills native. She’s been performing in the Sandhills as a musician for several years. Currently, she’s working as a musical director for Imagine Youth Theatre where she just finished working on an outdoor production of Lion King Jr. She is thrilled to be able to work with The Sunrise Theater again and perform this Christmas classic with some of the best actors that Sandhills has to offer.
Isabelle Toepher is seven years old and a first grader at McDeeds Creek Elementary School. She performed in her first play over the summer. It was at the Sunrise Theater and was called “E,I,E,I,Oops!”. Isabelle learned how to speak with a British accent because her neighbors are two friends from Great Britain. When she’s not performing or singing, she likes to be a big sister and play outside.
Randy Merritt is retired from 25 years of directing TV newscasts. His first stage experience was last year in the Sunrise production of “It’s A Wonderful Live Radio Play”. Most recently, he was seen in a local production of “Almost Maine”. In September, he spent several days in Mt. Airy, filming a small part in the feature film “Mayberry Man”, due to be released in 2021. He is very pleased to be a part of “A Christmas Carol” cast. Merritt resides in Seven Lakes with wife Rhonda.
Zoey Furie is a senior at Pinecrest High School. She has a passion for creative writing and performance. Zoey was previously active in local theater playing such roles as the titular roles in Annie, the Genie in Aladdin, and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She is honored to be a part of such a blended and experienced cast.
Collin Conway has only recently moved to North Carolina from Southern California. With this being his first time participating in a production at the Sunrise Theater, he is elated to have found the transition from theaters in San Juan and San Clemente to here to be entirely smooth. He is immensely appreciative of the warmth and kindness of all those involved in the production and will be happy to come back any time. He’s still looking for places to hike, so feel free to point him in the right direction!
Dustin Bonecutter is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform at the Sunrise again this year. His experience in last year’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life was fantastic. Originally from Ohio, he was active in theater in high school and community theater is something he hopes to continue to be a part of for a very long time. Outside of work, he is a member of Southern Pines United Methodist Church and F3 Sandhills. One of his latest pastimes is telling Dad jokes and delighting in the reactions he gets from his daughters and anyone else within listening distance. He also likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Killian Poplyk is a sound designer and voice actor, as well as a House Manager at the Sunrise Theater. He has a BA from Elon University and a Masters from SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) in sound design. This is his second time as co-director for Sunrise Radio - the first time being “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play.” He will also be reprising his role onstage as the live foley artist.
Claire Sellers is a lifelong resident of West End and a House Manager at the Sunrise Theater. She holds a BA in Stage Directing & Management from Greensboro College, and has most recently co-directed It's a Wonderful Life at the Sunrise. In addition to co-directing this year's production, Claire has used her creativity for the show's set design and costuming. She enjoys the energy of live productions and is thrilled to be a part of this completely local team.