EMPIRE — This year’s holiday show at the Dolphin Playhouse brings a new touch to an old favorite. Playing weekends Dec. 1 through Dec. 17, “Inspecting Carol” was written by Daniel Sullivan. Directed by Kevin Thurkow, this hilarious holiday show features a community theater in fear of losing their grant funding. While preparing for their annual production of "A Christmas Carol," the director is informed that the National Endowment for the Arts, a major funder, is sending an inspector to evaluate the theater.
A wannabe actor who wanders into the theater is mistaken for the unknown inspector. Everyone caters to the bewildered performer and she is given a role in the show. Combine this confusion with a group of performers who are tired of doing "A Christmas Carol" each year, classic as it is, and decide to “improve” it, and everything goes wrong with hilarity piled upon hilarity.
Performers include: George Nixon, Levi Goodman, Jane Stebbins, Zoe Shields, Cheri Valentine, Carter Edwards, Michelle Moore, Josh Scheirman, Kendra Hackney, Alice Carlson, Kirra Dugan and Jan Rice.
"Inspecting Carol" performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and the first Saturday is pay what you can admission.
To reserve tickets call 541-808-2611; for more information go to thedolphinplayers.webs.com. The Dolphin Playhouse is at 580 Newmark Ave. in the historic Empire District of Coos Bay.