Emerald Coast Theatre Company Presents A Dickens Christmas Dec 11-21

December 7, 2014 by SoWal Staff

Tickets are on sale for “A Dickens Christmas,” staged for the first time by Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC), a not-for-profit professional theater company based in Miramar Beach, Florida.

“A Dickens Christmas” will be staged in both Okaloosa and Walton County. The performance schedule includes five performances in Destin at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in the Veranda Room on Dec. 11, 13 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and on Dec. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.

The Dec. 13 matinee, sponsored by the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program, invites families with special needs to attend.

Four additional performances on Dec. 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. will be staged in Miramar Beach at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the LeCiel Ballroom.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time. Tea and cookies will be served prior to the performance.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 5 to 12. (Not recommended for children under 5.) Seats are limited, advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, visit or call (850) 687-1637.

Directed by ECTC’s producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher at two different venues along the Northwest Florida Gulf coast, “A Dickens Christmas” is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” In this version, three actors will play multiple roles as they bring to life the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformational night with the three ghosts.

Director Fisher has been involved in professional theatre for more than 20 years, most recently he has directed “Reasons to be Pretty,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Anton in Show Business” at the University of West Florida.

The three-member cast includes Darla Briganti, Laura Holloway and Allen Walker.

Briganti is a 30-year theater veteran whose stage credits include such popular roles as Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” Mama in “Mame,” and Patsy in “Always Patsy Cline.”

Holloway recently relocated to the area from Phoenix, where she appeared as Titania in “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Becca in “Rabbit Hole” and Cecily in “The Odd Couple.”

Walker has been the leading man in many productions in Panama City including the title role in “Pericles,” Krogstad in “A Doll's House” and Einstein in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”

Glenn Breed is costume designer. Breed is the resident costume designer for Pensacola Opera and the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center. He also currently serves as associate professor of theater in costume design and technology at the University of West Florida.

“It’s a true joy to add a theatrical offering to the area’s coastal holiday traditions,” said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher.

This ECTC debut production is made possible by the generous support from the St. Joe Foundation. Major support provided by Chris Ogle with Wells Fargo Advisors, Mary Hong Studio Gallery and Silver Sands Premium Outlet. Host venue sponsors are Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, with refreshments provided by Karaboo Bakery.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational outreach includes after school and home-school programs, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. The professional theater efforts are focused on family-oriented productions, festivals and collaborations as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults.


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