BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – Back for the holiday season at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 225 W. State Street is Acts of Renewal’s “Rediscovering Christmas” on Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Jim Shores, Montreat Communications Professor, and his wife Carol Anderson, former Montreat professor, are featured in this humorous, thoughtful holiday production. All tickets are $15; early reservations are recommended for the 90-seat theater, as the performances generally sell out well before the opening show. Although the show is family-friendly, it is not geared toward children. For more information visit BlackMountainArts.org, or call 828-669-0930.
Acts of Renewal is the national touring company of Black Mountain’s Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores, professional actors whose material has been aired on PBS and other national TV and radio shows. Their reputation for excellence in live theater has been long-standing. Shores and Anderson met while working at the A.D. Players Christian theater company in Houston, Texas, and married in 1992. After graduate school they began touring, performing at conferences, colleges, and church events. Now settled in the western NC mountains their time is juggled between raising their two sons, Zach and Zander, touring across the country, and teaching and performing locally. In July Shores, chairman of the Communications Department at Montreat College, won Best Original Screenplay at the Gideon Media Arts Conference for “Hunks,” a feature-length teen comedy. Anderson, an established character actress, also performs one-woman shows, teaches, and serves as Business Manager for their company. Most recently Acts of Renewal was in Washington, D.C., to perform their original theater about stresses in marriage for seminars for military couples coping with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Shores and Anderson, who have both honed their talent for comedic timing, can transform from one character to another in a split second without ever losing the audience’s recognition of who they are portraying. “Rediscovering Christmas,” a holiday favorite locally and nationally, is comprised of a series of their original vignettes. They range from the comedic tale of a blue collar shepherd and his wife who are in the right place at the right time on Christmas eve to a story of a single mom trying to provide Christmas morning for a houseful of kids on a waitress’s salary. Don’t miss it.