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Pollard Theatre's holiday play returns for 21st season



Looking to the past, present and future is cause for change "? at least for one Scrooge.

Pollard Theatre's most popular play, "A Territorial Christmas Carol," returns for its 21st season and a series of performances that stage today through Sunday at the Guthrie venue.

Ghosts of the past and present pay a visit to Scrooge, played by James Ong, to warn him of a life to come in a dramatic holiday evening.

Pollard's production of the classic Charles Dickens story was adapted by Oklahoma playwright Stephen P. Scott and directed by James Hughes.

Set in Oklahoma right after the Land Run, the geography was changed for the production, but the essential story elements remain, said company artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson.

 "Essentially the story is of redemption. This is a man who has made choices in his life "? some consciously and subconsciously "? that have affected his life," Stevenson said.

To create a sense of place and foundation, Gary May designed a set to "facilitate the blending of the two worlds."

"The Land Run and Cherokee strip, and also the netherworld, with ghosts and spirits that appear from nowhere," Stevenson said.

"A Territorial Christmas Carol" takes the stage 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pollard Theatre, 120 W. Harrison in Guthrie.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. For more information, call 282-2800.

"?Natalie Burkey 


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