This was a wonderful show to ring in the holiday season and to get people back to the South Granville neighbourhood. Many of the restaurants are now humming again with the help of the Stanley Theatre bringing in the theatre-goer’s
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carolsets its stage in 1930s East Tennessee, reimagining Ebenezer Scrooge (David Adams) as the owner of a mining company town nestled neatly in the Smoky Mountains. As a Christmas Eve snowstorm rages throughout the night, Scrooge must revisit his past, present, and future—with the help of his deceased business partner’s spirit and three ghosts—to understand the true meaning of Christmas: empathy and community. Combining the classic characters of Charles Dickens with the songwriting expertise of Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol is a musical rediscovery of joy and compassion through understanding the true wealth that comes from connection.
The musical debuted in Boston in 2019, and the Arts Club’s production marks its Canadian premiere, directed by Bobby Garcia. He said, “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol is a heartwarming mash-up of two icons. The combination of Dolly Parton’s honest, authentic, and joyful music along with Charles Dickens’s timeless Christmas ghost story of redemption really makes for a wonderful night of musical theatre for the entire family. At its core, the show is a poignant reminder of the importance of community and of the sparkling magic that musicals can bring into our lives.
Several of the restaurants in the South Granville neighbourhood are offering discounts on food pre and post performance on show day’s if you show them your tickets. Here is the list of complete restaurants https://artsclub.com/visit/restaurant-partners
All performances of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol will continue to be produced and presented in adherence with the most current safety guidelines established by the B.C. government. Starting with this production, patrons aged 12 and over will be required to present their B.C. Vaccine Card, along with a picture ID, for entrance to Arts Club venues. The health and safety of all patrons, staff, and artists remain the Arts Club’s top priority.
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, with music and lyrics by the iconic Dolly Parton, is on now and will run through January 2. Get your tickets here.
By: Richard Wolak