Have a bawdy, jolly Christmas

Suzanne CadaOur Town Arts, West Knoxville

Flying Anvil Theatre celebrates the holidays with a farcical, Victorian Music Hall version of “A Christmas Carol” called “Scrooge in Rouge” – a wild romp through a familiar story, written by Ricky Graham, Jeffery Roberson, Yvette Hargis and Jefferson Turner. The show opened Dec. 8 and runs through Dec 31. with bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres and witty songs.

“Scrooge in Rouge” introduces The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players, who are beset with a widespread case of food poisoning. This leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance of “A Christmas Carol.” The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Done in the style of British Music Hall, “Scrooge in Rouge” is a raucous holiday treat!

The cast includes Kara Van Veghel, Jacques Durand and Doug James. Musical direction (and the occasional upstaging) is by Terry Silver Alford. Steve Krempasky designs the musical hall set, with lighting design by Jacob Fouche. Designs by Dewayne provides the many costumes and Margy Ragsdale designs the props. Direction is by Flying Anvil Theatre’s artistic director, Jayne Morgan, and the show is stage managed by Jade Hurst.

“Scrooge in Rouge” is fun for ages 12 and above. The show has a Pay What You Can preview on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The official opening is Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $27, $13 for students with an I.D. For more information or to purchase tickets go here. For group reservations call 865-357-1309.

Masks are required within the theatre, and patrons must show a vaccination card, a negative Covid test (within 72 hours) or a letter from a physician certifying Covid antibodies at the door.

Flying Anvil Theatre is located at 1300 Rocky Hill Road, behind Rocky Hill Shopping Center on Northshore.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. She submitted this announcement on behalf of The Flying Anvil Theatre.

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