Up & Coming Weekly

November 16, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM NOVEMBER 17-23, 2021 UCW 15 It is Christmas time in 1944 and the men are away fighting the war. Despite their absence, the Carol sisters are determined to celebrate the season. e three Carol sisters are trying to produce "A Christ- mas Carol" but are having a hard time without the men. is is the premise for the next Gilbert eater production. "e show is special because it's not going to be one of the same Christmas or holiday shows you can see every year," said Lawrence Carlisle III, artistic director at the Gilbert eater. e Gilbert eater began in the basement of Lynn Pryer's home in 1994. e Gilbert eater has hosted classical theater productions as well as contemporary pieces. In 2012, Robyne Parrish took over as artistic director of the Gilbert e- ater. She started educational pro- grams such as the Gilbert Conser- vatory, Gilbert Rep and Gilbert Glee Club. She also created a volunteer base for the theater. In February 2017, the third artistic director, Matthew Overturf, re- placed Robyne Parrish. e Gilbert eater is a very intimate space. e theater is now located at 116 Green St., above Fayetteville's Fascinate-U Children Museum. e entrance is on Bow Street. Popular in Pennsylvania, this is a newer program. It's heartfelt, cute and hilarious, according to the Gilbert eater. is is the second year performing the show for Gilber eater and the entire cast is back. It gives people another chance to see the musical if they missed it last year due to the pandemic. "Performing this musical for the second year, everyone is connect- ing and having so much fun," said Eden Kinsey who plays the lead, Lilly Carol. "I love her character. Lilly is a very independent person. She's telling the story. She is strong- willed and hard-headed," explained Kinsey.Because the Gilbert eater is small, there are more opportuni- ties," said Kinsey. Kinsey's favorite part of "e Car- ols" is the tap number. "I love the music and period pieces." It is a family show with a little bit of everything, including different styles of music. "As always, I hope the audience has fun," said Carl- isle. "e show is full of laughs and heart. It is all about family." "e Carols" will run Nov. 26 – 28, Dec. 3 – 5 and Dec. 17 – Dec. 19. Fri- day shows begin at 8 p.m.; Saturday shows are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun- days shows begin at 2 p.m. Conces- sions are available for donation. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the Gilbert eater website, gilberttheater.com, or by calling 910-678-7186. EVENTS Gilbert Theater "The Carols" full of laughs, heart by ELAINA J. MARTIN ELAINA J. MARTIN, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Members of the Gilbert Theater's cast rehearse the newest Gilbert Theater produc- tion "The Carol's." (Photo courtesy of the Gilbert Theater.) FREE HEALTH CARE • for Eligible uninsured Adults call 910.485.0555

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