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Bah, Humbug!

I know it’s only October and you don’t want to hear about Christmas yet but the Davis Theatre is the first stop for this year’s tour of British-born actor Jeremy Webb’s warm and funny version of “A Christmas Carol.” You need to hear about it now, so you can buy your tickets before they are all sold out! “A Christmas Carol” will be performed Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m. in the Davis Theatre at 65 Union Street S, Concord, in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. Tickets are $36 and available 24 hours a day online at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753. The performance is part of the Cabarrus Arts Council’s “On Stage at the Davis” flagship series. Webb plays – and owns – all 30 roles in this fresh retelling of the familiar story, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim to the miserly and ultimately transformed Ebenezer Scrooge. Often hilarious, sometimes spooky, Webb’s “A Christmas Carol” has met with critical acclaim in the United States and Canada. Webb grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before moving to Canada in 1998 where he has built a successful career as an actor, director and host. Besides Webb’s work in “A Christmas Carol,” he has played roles in “Othello,” “There Is a Land of Pure Life,” “The Producers,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Oliver,” “Annie,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “What the Butler Saw,” “One for The Pot,” “The Government Inspector,” “Sylvia,” “Scrooge,” “Rumors,” “Blood Brothers,” “The Woman in Black,” “Good Things,” “Humble Boy,” “Stones in His Pockets” and “Maelstrom.” He founded the Improv Knights, which performed comedy shows in Nova Scotia for seven years. He has directed everything form “Pinocchio” to “Julius Caesar” to “Animal Farm” to television commercials. “A Christmas Carol,” which Webb adapted and produced, began touring in 2009 after many years at Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Neptune Studio Theatre. He will perform his new production, “Shakespeare on Trial,” at local high schools this fall as part of the arts council’s Students Take Part in the Arts program. Both audience members and reviewers have embraced the show. “I have recommended your play to anyone who is willing to listen,” said an audience member named Trina. “I was surprised how drawn into the story I felt, since I've seen the story presented so many times, but you really made it fresh for me, and played all the characters so well,” said another audience member named Kristen. Here’s what a couple of reviewers have had to say: “It's a lot of fun to watch Webb transform himself into dozens of characters – from the crotchety Scrooge to the treacly Cratchit – by subtle changes in his demeanor and voice. He also excels at the off-the-cuff comedic moments that are the most hilarious and memorable parts of the evening.” (Kate Watson, The Coast) “The audience went away raving about Webb’s energetic workout, and you will, too.” (Marilyn Smulders, HFX in The Daily News) Read more about the production at www.bahhumbug.ca.

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