Step back in time to Victorian England and celebrate Christmas at LampLight Theatre. A Midwinter’s Carol is a Christmas musical presented in traditional Victorian fashion. The story is inspired by Little Peter: A Christmas Morality for Children of Any Age, which was published in 1888. As the Narrator, Malak, says in this production…“There are tales and legends about Christmas that have been handed down through ages past, but this one bears a message that could change the hardest of hearts.”
A Midwinter’s Carol follows the measures of the Barkley family from Shropshire, England. Capturing the era of Victorian England, this musical will warm the cockles of all hearts that attend. The production is filled with the sounds and images of Christmases of yore. Carols and original songs herald the message of hope as they fill the streets of Shropshire, England and spill into the hearts of the audience.
The story centers on the Barkley family. Constance and Enoch have four children. The oldest son, Garrett, is struggling to prove his manhood to his father, Enoch, who is often away serving in the Royal Army. He seeks for his hardened father’s approval. The oldest daughter, Claire, hopes to be chosen by spinster, Matilda Haddlewick, to go to finishing school. The youngest children, Nora and “Alfie”, befriend the town outcast, Lige Mizenthorpe. Lige carries scars of a squalid past and holds secrets that haunt townsfolk, including Enoch Barkley. Constance is a woman of faith who tries to hold her family together and change her husband’s heart. The production is sprinkled with the whimsical antics of comedic house servants, the gossip of dressmaker, Stella Pattison, and the magical legends of Christmases past.
An impending winter storm is brewing as the village of Shropshire prepares for the live nativity at Shrewbury Abbey. As Enoch waits at home for his family to return from the village, a blizzard hits and tragedy strikes. It is Alfie’s faith in God and his love for an outcast that reveals secrets and heals hearts that will change the Barkley home forever. This enchanted story promises to inspire you and will become one of your Christmas favorites.
Performances for A Midwinter’s Carol will be held through Dec. 17th, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. Additional matinee performances will be held on Saturdays – Dec. 9th & 16th at 2:00 p.m. and on Sundays – Dec. 10th and 17th at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to performances. A suggested donation for each performance is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, FREE for children 5 years of age and under. A love offering will be taken at each production.
A special Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9th at The Emporium (The building adjoining the theatre). The dinner will start at 5:00 to accommodate both the matinee and evening performance. Patrons can eat after the matinee or before the evening show. Cost for the Dinner Theatre is Adults-$30/ Students-$25/ Children Under 12-$20. Doors will open for the Banquet Hall at 4:30. Reservations are required for the Dinner Theatre.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the LampLight box office at 423-343-1766, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit online at www.LampLightTheatre.com. LampLight Theatre is located at 140 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN.