GUTHRIE, OK - December 8, 2010 - The Pollard Theatre in historic downtown Guthrie received rave reviews for their yearly classic, A Territorial Christmas Carol: An Oklahoma Tradition, running through December 23, 2010.

“Stevenson's directorial expertise shows in the joy in their faces as they perform, and the joy is reflected back from the audience,” Elizabeth Hurd of NewsOK said. “A Territorial Christmas Carol should not be missed.”

An all-time best seller, A Territorial Christmas Carol continues to dazzle audiences and play to sold-out houses into its twenty-third year.

 

“This production sells out every year!” Pollard Theatre Managing Director Van French said.  “There are still tickets available, but they're going fast!”

 

Adapted by gifted Oklahoma playwright, Stephen P. Scott, this version of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and brotherly love is set in Guthrie in the days of the Oklahoma Land Run.

“A Territorial Christmas Carol is more than a Pollard tradition; it is the greatest example of our professional philosophy - good storytelling above all else,” Pollard Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson said.  “Often, Dickens’ story is produced with a focus on spectacle and flash and unfortunately the heart of the story is sacrificed. Our aim is always to tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption and allow the production value to serve that story.”

A Territorial Christmas Carol: An Oklahoma Tradition runs through Thursday, December 23 with evening and matinee performances. Tickets range in price from $15-25 and can be purchased online at www.thepollard.org or by calling (405) 282-2800.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group discounts and the Pollard also offers student matinees to school groups. The student matinee program allows teachers to integrate both the story and the overall theatrical experience into their History, Literature, Arts and Humanities curriculum. Student matinees sell quickly. Schools are encouraged to contact the Pollard Theatre box office to make arrangements.

The Pollard Theatre Company was formed in 1987 as the focal project of the Guthrie Arts & Humanities Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Located in the heart of historic downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma, the Pollard produces six major productions a year, with an emphasis on creative story-telling that illuminates the shared human experience. Built around the core of their resident company members, the Pollard additionally utilizes the talents of skilled theatre artists from across the region.  Season after season, the Pollard brings shows never before produced in the state while continuing to set the standard for quality theatre in Oklahoma.

The Pollard Theatre is produced by the Guthrie Arts and Humanities Council with assistance provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts. The Pollard Theatre is also a recipient of a marketing grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.

Additional information about the Pollard Theatre, show times and tickets are available by calling (405) 282-2800, online at www.thepollard.org or by visiting the Pollard Theatre Box Office located at 120 West Harrison Avenue in Downtown Guthrie.

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