Get in the holiday spirit with this madcap comedy

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - Tiny Tim has grown too big to carry in the comedy Inspecting Carol at Lakewood Theatre Company Nov. 1 through Dec. 8. Pictured are Alan King, left, and Grant Byington.

Lakewood Theatre Company continues its 61st season with the opening of “Inspecting Carol” on Nov. 1.

The play is about the Soapbox Theatre Company, led by Zorah (Margie Boule), a feisty Lithuanian beauty, who runs the company after her husband hanged himself as a result of a bad review.

The troupe is starting four days of rehearsals for their holiday cash cow, “A Christmas Carol,” when she learns the National Endowment for the Arts won’t be renewing the $30,000 grant her theater needs to stay open and that she and the other founding members may be personally liable for all outstanding debts.

One hope remains: The NEA is sending an inspector to render a last-minute judgment that could restore the grant. So when hapless Wayne Wellacre (Alan King) shows up, says he has an audition appointment and proves horribly inept as an actor, Zorah and stage manager Kevin (David Sargent) judge this sad sack so unlikely to be a budding thespian that he must be the inspector.

Further complicating matters is eccentric Larry (Gary Powell), the company’s Scrooge, who performed the entire role in Spanish last year to protest the U.S. role in South America. Needless to say, the troupe is not thrilled to have him back — especially when he says he has new ideas for the show.

Due to mild profanity, the show is recommended for ages 13 and up.

With stage direction by Don Alder, LTC’s production also features Scott Parker, Sarah Lucht, Grant Byington, Garfield Wedderburn, Blake Peebles, David Sargent, Lori Ferraro, Patricia J. Rohrbach and Caleb Adderley as members of the ensemble.

Performances run through Dec. 8 with 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday, Sunday performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A special WOW: 25-35 performance is planned for Nov. 20. For people age 35 and younger, tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to the performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines.

Tickets are $32 for adults and $30 for seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups.

To purchase, call the box office at 503-635-3901 or order online at

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