A Lump of Coal for Christmas, directed by award-winning Holly Twyford, brings to life the magic of the holiday season in its latest production. This comedic and heartwarming adventure about a Lump of Coal who wants to aspire to be more than well, a lump of coal, takes place at Adventure Theatre-MTC from now until December 31st.
Playwright Norman Allen presents the perfect present for you and yours in this uplifting tale. Rufus (Kevin Grieco) is stuck at home with his lack luster uncle, Otis (Eric Messner) who could care less about all of the wonderful Christmas Eve traditions his nephew is stirring about, including receiving a brand new book every Christmas Eve. Eventually, Uncle Otis gives his nephew a copy of the book Don Quixote, complete with no pictures but as Rufus reads the book he can’t help but bring the images in his head to life! While Rufus gets lost in his new novel, Uncle Otis leaves the house to go take care of some things.
On the other side of town, a bigger than life Lump of Coal (Erin Weaver) has the entire audience captivated with her toe tapping moves and magnetic personality. With spectacular stage presence and audience interaction, Lump has big dreams, although she is not quite sure what those are yet.
Her journey takes her into a theatre where she dreams of being an actor, to a restaurant where she hopes to become a fine chef and finally to an upscale art gallery where she desires to be as famous as Monet. With each stop, the Lump of Coal has impeccable chemistry with the talented Judith Ingber who plays the role of Director, Cook and Gallery Owner, nailing her delivery every single time. After being rejected several times, the resilient Lump runs into Uncle Otis, who offers her a warm place in his nephew’s stocking. Thinking this would be the perfect prank to pull on his hopeful nephew, the Lump and Rufus end up finding the best gift of all with each other.
A Lump of Coal for Christmas delivers a powerful message about staying true to yourself, genuine friendship and always, always believing in the power of holiday miracles. Head on over to Adventure Theatre-MTC and give you and your loved ones an extra dose of holiday spirit this season!
- The show is 1 hour with no intermission.
- Tickets are $19.50 each and can be purchased online or by calling 301-634-2270. Recommended for all ages but Our Kids suggests 3 and up for this production.
- There will be an American Sign Language Performance on December 12th at 2pm and a Sensory/Autism Friendly Performance on December 26th at 2pm.
- Adventure Theatre-MTC is located in Glen Echo Park towards the back of the park on the left. Combine your visit to Glen Echo with a visit to the newly opened Aquarium.
- In true holiday spirit, Adventure Theatre-MTC is collecting stuffed stockings for children who need holiday cheer this season. Click here for the full scoop.
Photos courtesy of Michael Horan.