December 1, 2021
by Heath Scofield, Pickerington Online Intern & Sophomore at Pickerington Central
with a few additions by POL Editor Rachel Scofield
This weekend is your last chance to catch the Pickerington Community Theatre (PCT) production of A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens.
The play, directed by Pamela Villarreal, is the fourth presentation in the PCT’s Magic Tree House series which are adapted from the works of Mary Pope Osborne.
Per the PCT website, the story tells how a “magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where they meet the famous, well-off author, Charles Dickens, who has a severe case of writer’s block.
Jack and Annie also witness the hardships faced by the poor, and their efforts to help only land them in prison. Mr. Dickens rescues Jack and Annie, and they, in turn, help him escape the sad memories that haunt him. In the process, they inspire Mr. Dickens to write one of the greatest holiday stories of all time.”
Performances for this weekend are Friday, December 10 at 8 pm, Saturday, December 11 at 2 pm and Sunday, December 12 at 2 pm. All shows are held at the Wigwam Theater (10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road Northwest, Pickerington, OH 43147).
Tickets are $19.00 per adult, $17.00 for seniors and $17 for children 12 and under. PCT can no longer take will call orders over the phone, but you can purchase tickets online at the PCT website.
Chorus member Adelina Luther said that “people should come to the play because it’s a great story.”
Brandon Hudepohl who plays Dickens agreed, “The show is so unique. What other theater company can say they put on a Magic Treehouse musical performance?”
Stage Manager Veronica Tuttle said that the cast has worked hard and they do a great job.
“People should come out and support the young actors of Central Ohio,” Tuttle said. “They have been working hard for weeks and you’ll never leave uninterested.”
Hudepohl described the cast as “full of energy and passion. Sometimes we’re a little wild and disruptive, but I think everyone does their job incredibly well.”
Season tickets are $64 for students and senior citizens and $72 for adults. When you purchase a season ticket (now called the Season Flex Pass), you will reserve your seats at the Wigwam Theater for PCT’s productions of Arsenic & Old Lace, Guys & Dolls, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Disney’s Frozen Jr.
Everyone will be required to properly wear face masks at all times while inside the theater building, regardless of vaccination status. Free, disposable masks will be available to patrons upon request.