Alhambra Reopens for the Holidays

Alhambra Reopens for the Holidays with Christmas Carole
a new chef, new menu and new look combine with the trusted, traditional production of the holiday classic
After closing its doors three months ago it was assumed the nation’s oldest professional dinner theater was closing its doors forever. The new ownership group is led by Jacksonville native Craig Smith. Creative Director Tod Booth will combine forces again with Alhambra veteran Tony Triano, reprising his role as Scrooge, as the Alhambra finishes a tumultuous 2009 season with a three-week run of Charles Dickens’ classic, Christmas Carole.
This holiday favorite has been an Alhambra Christmas tradition for twenty-two years. This production, based on Charles Dickens’ classic story, brings to life one of literatures most famous penny-pinchers, Ebenezer Scrooge. “It would have been a shame for Jacksonville not to have a live version of this classic story. We’re all thrilled we’ll be open for business in time,” commented Managing Partner, Craig Smith.
This is not the grand opening or even a real preview but what Smith calls, “the middle of phase one.” While patrons will see a significant physical improvement with new paint and carpet, a fresh design for the foyer, more comfortable chairs and new plates and flatware, visitors will also sample a sneak peek into what the owners have in mind for the new menu. Executive Chef Matthew Medure will be demonstrating the culinary flare that has made him one of the most critically acclaimed chefs in the country with his first turn behind the stove in the Alhambra’s kitchen.
Tickets prices start at $42, which includes dinner and the show. They are currently on sale at the Alhambra Theatre box office or by calling 641-1212. Patrons can also visit the website and fill out a call-back form and the staff will call them to take reservations. The show will run from December 4 through December 24. Group rates are available, with discounts available for schools and houses of worship.