The Christmas Spirit Comes to GVT

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is proud to present the immortal classic A Christmas Carol. This family favorite runs December 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m., December 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and December 20-22 at 7:30 p.m., with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview Performance December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance December 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for general adult admission, $27 for seniors (60+) and $20 for children/students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit

Celebrate the season with GVT’s adaptation of Dickens’ timeless Christmas classic. Travel with Ebenezer Scrooge as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead him on a journey through his childhood innocence to the cold and lonely death that awaits him. After seeing the consequences of the path that he has chosen, he learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Returning to fill the role of Jacob Marley is Richard Rowan, who made his GVT debut as Oronte in this season’s delightful satire The School for Lies.

Joseph Murray* as Frank and Richard Rowan* as Oronte in GVT’s 2018 production  The School for Lies . (Photo Courtesy / Greenbrier Valley Theatre)      * denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association.

Joseph Murray* as Frank and Richard Rowan* as Oronte in GVT’s 2018 production The School for Lies. (Photo Courtesy / Greenbrier Valley Theatre)

* denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association.

A Theatre Major from Northwestern University, Rowan grew up in a theatrical family. His mother was an actor and dancer, his brother is a director and playwright, and he wanted to be on stage for as long as he can remember. One of his first productions was A Christmas Carol when he was 12, and found the experience fresh and exciting. Rowan hopes the students participating in this production are just as excited as he was.

“When I see the young people in this cast, I expect many of them are experiencing live theatre with that same sense of wonder. That enriches the experience for all of us,” the actor said.

Along with the GVTeens, Tweens and Tots, Rowan also thinks the community members participating fit the show and its message perfectly. Between this eclectic cast of professionals, volunteers and students, and the intimate experience GVT offers, the audience will see the true meaning of Christmas, and be ready to embrace the New Year.

“Scrooge learns a hard lesson from three spirits, but in troubling times there’s probably a little Scrooge in most of us. Our show provides a loving reminder to remember what’s really important and to cherish the joy of a magical season,” Rowan said.

This show also features Aubrey Adkins, Milo Baldwin, Stella Baldwin, Geoffrey Bland, Gavin Brown, Ella Butler, Gracie Campbell, Hadley Criddle, Theo Crowell, Ashleigh Darnell, Josiah DeHaven, Micah DeRouen, Kelly Dudley, John Fielding Foster, Bryleigh Goodwin, Lydia Jackson, Grace Johnson, Cora Kesterson, Lillie King, AmyNicole Lee, Ava Lilly, Annika Maro, Cecilia Mason, CaliJune McClung, Ashley Meadows, Anna Raine Mills, Christian Montgomery, Emarya Montgomery, Jacob Perkins, Delaney Redden, Tiffany Redden, Lauren Rodgers, Skylar Shockley, Boglarka Szalai, Mackenzie Taylor, Braden Teaney, Delia Teaney, Jameson Vance, Nathaniel Vincent, Jed White, Kara White, Ali Wills, Grace Withrow, Rowan Woody and Blaine Yates.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Laura Kastenbauer