Like many, Alliance Theatre’s plans for the 20-21 season were abruptly changed due to COVID-19.
Instead of waiting for things to get back to normal, Alliance Theatre has found ways to bring shows to the their fans in safe and creative ways, and their holiday season offerings are no different.
“A Christmas Carol’ will be staged in the GSU Stadium parking lot and will be in the form of a drive-in event.
In addition to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Alliance Theatre will be offering a one-woman Christmas special, presented online as a virtual event.
The announcement was made on Thursday that the Charles Dickens performance will happen in the parking lot of Georgia State University’s Center Parc Credit Union Stadium, formerly Turner Field.
Alliance Theatre hopes to achieve a “live concert-style experience” by erecting a pop-up stage and large LED video wall on what was the Gold Lot (back when the Braves played in downtown Atlanta).
As one of Alliance’s biggest events year-after-year, this year’s event is being presented as “A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play,” directed by Leora Morris, with a small cast performing the many parts.
Dates of the performances run from Dec. 4 through Dec. 23. (The season gets underway virtually on Nov. 27 with a streaming version of “A Very Terry Christmas,” featuring writer and star Terry Burrell.)
Tickets for this year’s drive-in event of “A Christmas Carol” start at $50 per car, with a maximum of six passengers per car.
Instead of reserving seating, tickets will be sold for different sections in the parking area, and cars will be assigned to spaces in those sections on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vehicles taller than six feet will be asked to park at the sides of the lot to avoid blocking the view for other patrons.
Each car will be provided two spaces: one for your vehicle, and one space for tailgating. You’re able to view the performances in the open-air space, but masks will be required for anyone outside of their car.
All tickets will be sold online or through the Alliance app, and admissions will be through touch-free scanning. The audio for the performance will be broadcast through an FM transmitter, making it a radio play in truth. Ticket sales began this week for Alliance members and will open to the public on Oct. 21.