Sunriver Stars, a new community theater company in Sunriver, will present a reader's theater production of “An Evening with Ebenezer" this weekend at Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center's Pringle Hall (57250 Overlook Road).
As of this writing, the opening performance, slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, was up in the air — thanks a ton, Civil War — but according to founder and artistic director Victoria Kristy-Zalewski, the 2 p.m. Sunday show will go on as scheduled.
She describes “An Evening with Ebenezer" as Dickens' “A Christmas Carol" done as reader's theater: “We are all wearing black and sitting in two rows with scripts in black binders in our laps. The story is told by four narrators holding the story line together. The other actors read the lines of Scrooge and all the other parts as creatively as they can without getting up and using the stage as done in traditional productions."
This is the second show to be presented by the group, and the first show to be directed by one of the troupe's members, Ray Abanto. The spring show will be an evening of O. Henry stories, and Kristy-Zalewski plans a musical version of “The Jungle Book" with Sunriver area kids this summer.
According to Kristy-Zalewski, who has 42 years of experience in theater direction, her group is working on becoming a nonprofit, “which will enable us to solicit grants and donations to grow," she told GO! Magazine by email. “At present we are pretty grass-roots, but we have a big vision and lots of heart and energy. No one on the staff, board or crew is paid. We are 100 percent volunteer. A part of our mission statement says that we will give 100 percent of all money taken in from ticket sales ... to scholarships to after school programs for local kids who can't afford the tuition."
Tickets are $5 or $3 for seniors and children younger than 12 and are available at the door.