Review-a-Palooza #1: High Country Christmas Carol

A few weeks ago, the High Country Mom Squad gave away tickets to A High Country Christmas Carol, courtesy of The Blowing Rock Stage Company.  Since we featured it on the website, I thought Id take the family and let you know what we thought!

As we walked in the new Hayes Performing Arts Center, we were met by festive decorations and a huge Christmas Tree in the center of the rotunda. My girls, ages 3, 8, and 5, were mesmerized by the atmosphere, especially as they heard the group of carolers welcoming the audience to the show.

When we found our seats, I was a little worried that the kids would be restless, since the auditorium is so intimate.  There really are no bad seats in the place.  But as the carolers from the rotunda took the stage for the prelude, the girls attention was rapt.  I loved the fact that there were several young teens in the choir, as well as adults.

The main character, “crotchety old skinflint” Silas McTavish was a treat to watch.  His strong stage presence and subtle comedic touches made the show very well-rounded. I was also delighted to see familiar community members, such as Watauga Education Foundation Director Melanie Bullard and Ed Pilkington, former head of ASU’s Theater Department.  Ninth grader Jonathan Faulks lit up the stage as the “Tiny Tim-like” figure, Caleb Veazey.

At an hour and 15 minutes, the show is the perfect length for young kids. The older two sat attentively throughout, and the three-year-old did well, too!  Well, you might want to ask the people in front of us!   You’ll have to decide whether your young ones can handle the attention span. But all three of them said they loved the show!

As the mysterious “Guest” loomed onstage, I was a little worried that Little Pea would be scared.  I whispered in her ear to make sure she was OK, and that was all she needed!   And it was a treat to see the transformation of Silas McTavish occurring over the entire evening, skillfully portrayed by Gary Lee Smith.

It struck me Friday night how incredible it is that we have an original work, by Bob Inman, commissioned for the Blowing Rock Stage Company, and performed here as a world premier!  Bravo to the Stage Company for continuing the long tradition of world-class arts in the High Country.

After the show, we drove over to Chetola and looked at the brilliant light display.  If you’re looking for a memorable night out with the family, I wholeheartedly suggest A High Country Christmas Carol.  Click here for the Schedule (Thursday-Sunday) and ticket ordering information.

Review-a-Palooza is basically a bunch of reviews that I’m posting this week for local hot-spots.  Remember, I choose to review great area offerings for families and moms, and you can be sure I’ll always be honest!


  1. Amy Forrester says:

    We’re going Thursday night, and I can’t wait! Their holiday show is always a treat!