Saturday, June 22, 2013

Love Street Playhouse, The Columbia Theatre to Collaborate on "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge!"

The Teasing Tickler Tile released early this week.
The Columbia Theatre in Longview, Wash. and Love Street Playhouse in Woodland, Wash. are teaming up to present "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge" a holiday sequel to the Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale.

The play was written by Mark Brown, an award-winning writer and actor (his plays include "Around the World in 80 Days").

The show will be produced by the Columbia Theatre and directed by Melinda Leuthold, Owner and Artistic Director of the Love Street Playhouse in Woodland, Wash.


"The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge"
One year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge appears to have reverted to his old ways. Amidst plenty of mayhem and laughter Scrooge indignantly files suit against Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The charges: breaking and entering, kidnapping, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. With Scrooge representing himself (to save a pound), and London’s charismatic and clever barrister, Solomon Rothschild representing the ghosts, what will become of the spirit of Christmas? The classic Dickens’ characters return to take the witness stand in this courtroom farce. The final verdict: Disorder in the court!


Auditions for this 8 character, full-length play will be Monday, August 12th at 7:30 pm at the Columbia Theatre, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. (360.575.8499). Full details and an audition form can be obtained from the Love Street website Call 360.907.9996 for additional information.


“Over the past three years, we have been exploring opportunities to collaborate on a number of community projects in order to make the most of the Columbia as a cultural asset,” says Columbia Theatre executive director Gian Paul Morelli. 

“I was especially keen on 'spicing up' the holiday season with a homegrown effort. It was our technical director, Kelly Ragsdale [who has been doing the lighting designs at LSP since Joe Jenkins moved to Utah], who kept urging me to visit Love Street to see Melinda’s work. I did. I was charmed and delighted by the quality,” he continued.

“If this project succeeds, the Columbia hopes it will be the start of an annual holiday tradition—an event that showcases the richness and depth of talent Southwest Washington has to offer. Working with Melinda [Leuthold] and the Love Street Playhouse gives both our organizations an opportunity for more exposure in each other’s community.”

Melinda Leuthold
“As the owner and artistic director of Love Street Playhouse it is my joy and passion to present quality theater to the southwest Washington region,” said Melinda Leuthold. “Over the past 7 years Love Street has reached thousands of patrons and now, with the opportunity to present at the Columbia Theatre, we can reach an even larger audience.”

“Collaborating with the Columbia and getting to work with some of my favorite people in the industry is just another step toward reaching more people in our area," said Leuthold.

"I am thrilled to get to work at this lovely theater while offering my local theater patrons the option of attending 'The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge' up north in Longview and/or joining us at Love Street for another traditional Christmas production in early December. This Christmas season will be a real treat for Love Street fans!”


The comedy will run five performances, December 19 - 22 at the Columbia Theatre. Ticket prices are $16.50 for Students/Seniors and $21.50 for Adults. Tickets will be on sale beginning July 1st through the Columbia Theatre Ticket Office.

For more information call 360.575.8499 or at or In addition, tickets are also available (cash and check only) at Columbia Bank, 782 Goerig St., Woodland, Wash.

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