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Playhouse treats firefighters to free show

Firefighters don’t need to travel back to 1830s London to appreciate a wood fire. They’ve lived it for the past month fighting the wildfire that consumed more than 7,000 acres in the Lake Lure and Gerton area. But firefighters can get two free tickets to the Flat Rock Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol” by calling the box office.

“They’ve been working so hard for the last couple of weeks we thought this would be a good opportunity to thank them and offer them a little holiday cheer,” said marketing director Dane Whitlock.
Playhouse board member Dot Moyer suggested the offer about two weeks ago. The Playhouse put the word out through the emergency management administration.
“We have about 100 or so of these workers plus their spouses” that are going Friday night, he said. “Basically an invitation went out to them that they could just call the box office and reserve their ticket. There’s over a hundred, which is great because a lot of them might not have been to the Playhouse.”
The Friday night show has several dozen seats left but if there is enough demand the Playhouse may give away more.
“If we get an overwhelming response I would not be adverse to moving those to a different night,” he said.
To reserve tickets firefighters and other responders may call the box office at 828-693-0731.