Holiday gala, Christmas Carol set to bring cheer to Artists Exchange this month


From December 7 to 23 the Artists at 50 Rolfe Square will be getting Cranston into the holiday spirit with performances of A Christmas Carol as well as a Holiday Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The production will be done at community Theatre 82 nearby their main location on Rolfe Square. Jessica and Tom Chace have created the show as director and musical director, respectively, and Rhiannon Annin is the stage manager for the production. This is the 14th straight year that Theatre 82 has put on A Christmas Carol in their community theatre, which welcomes actors of all abilities, according to Artists Exchange director Elaine McKenna-Yeaw.

The Chace’s adaptation puts a new spin on the story this year, as it will be “exploring Scrooge’s childhood and centering around family and acceptance,” according to the website advertisement.

Tickets for the shows, which run every day during the seventh to 23rd, are available for $20 in advance on their website or for $25 at the door before the shows. McKenna-Yeaw can also be reached at 401.490.9475 for inquiries. The school matinees, of which there are four, are already all sold out.

Meanwhile, the holiday gala and silent auction will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 16 right at the Artists Exchange, which has just completed renovations.

The gala, according to McKenna-Yeaw, consists of a hundred different items being auctioned off, from donated artwork to potential holiday presents to gift cards for local restaurants and stores.

“People typically make out very well and get a lot of their Christmas shopping done,” she said. “People get things here for below their value.”

Individual tickets for the gala, and a chance to bid on the auction items, are $35. People who purchase this ticket will be able to get appetizers and beer and wine from the open bar.

Tables of ten can also be reserved for a total price of $750, which includes a four course dinner, a private carving station, and tickets to A Christmas Carol for either the 3:00 or 8:00 p.m. shows that day.

A $1,000 corporate sponsorship of the event includes a dinner table, 10 tickets to the show, a full page ad in the playbill, ad inclusion in a video sponsor reel, and a link on their website.


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