Christmas fairy tale

Larry Turner and Robin Kiser rehearse Lincoln Theatre Guild's Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at the Cultural Center. 

Starting Thursday night, Christmas revelers can get into the spirit in downtown Lincolnton when carriage rides and Santa’s house return to downtown Lincolnton. The Lincoln Theatre Guild’s “Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” opens Friday at the Cultural Center.

Fairy Tale Christmas Carol is a new take on the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” The production has a large cast, with a mix newcomers and veteran actors.

Lincoln Theatre Guild veteran Larry Turner didn’t expect to win the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge, as portrayed by the Big Bad Wolf. He was also surprised and delighted at the age diversity of the cast, many of whom he’s worked with on other Lincoln Theatre Guild productions.

“There are young people here that are so in love with theater,” he said. “I’ve watched them learn and grow on the stage.”

Robin Kiser, who plays Mother Goose, is new to the stage. She’s watched her son from the audience for the last 18 months.

“It’s really special to be able to be able to be with these students who are wildly talented,” she said. “They sing and dance and laugh and it makes your heart so full to be able to be included in something like this.”

Santa’s House, located at NE Court Square at Sycamore Street, is open 5-8 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22.

Carriage rides start at the 100 or 300 block of Main Street. Rides run 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. Carriage rides are $10 per person,  wagon rides are $5 per person and children under 2 are free.

“A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” shows at the Lincoln Cultural Center, located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, as well as Dec. 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. The play will also be performed on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

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