Ghost of Natchez Christmas invites you to show

Published 12:01 am Friday, November 30, 2012

A favorite Christmas tradition is returning to Natchez Dec. 5  — “A Natchez Christmas Carol” presented by Natchez Little Theatre.

Ms. Lynn Mann, as director, will again bring this story to life for us to enjoy whether it be our first or 100th time to watch Scrooge transform from the miserable miser to the blissful benefactor with the help of four anything but earthly visitors.

Standing Ovation Award winner for the role Don Vesterse will delight us with his charming portrayal of Scrooge. This version of “A Christmas Carol” has not only a Southern twist but, also, a Natchez twist, as lines have been adapted to include local landmarks.

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Two school matinees will open the run at 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Dec. 5. The benefit performance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.; funds raised will go to the Dawn Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Opening night is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; other evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; Tuesday, Dec. 11; Friday, Dec. 14; and Saturday, Dec. 15. There will be two matinee performances at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16.

In an effort to raise funds for the ongoing renovation of Mayweather Hall, which is the original church parsonage located next to the theater, raffle tickets will be sold during the run of the play; the drawing will take place at the last performance Sunday, Dec. 16, after the final curtain is drawn.  Raffle items will include food items donated by local businesses to make your preparation of Christmas dinner easy and tasty and a “take time to relax” meal prepared by the Natchez Little Theatre board members.

Also, Christmas tree ornaments will be included in the raffle.

In order to make the ornaments more interesting, desirable and varied, we are asking Natchezians to donate a distinctive ornament or ornaments to this raffle.

Either call 601-238-8325 or take the ornament when you attend the play.

All ornaments will be placed on a tree in the Millstein room to add to the theater’s Christmas spirit prior to their going home with someone to become part of their annual Christmas celebration.

We at Natchez Little Theatre do so appreciate the support of the community and thank you in advance for contributing to our vision of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and a completely renovated Mayweather Hall.


Yvonne Murray is a Natchez Little Theatre board member.