MPP-logo-color-horizontal5 MPP-logo-color-horizontal5   The Montford Park Players’ rendition of “A Christmas Carol” has been a tradition for 34 years now, and ever since the acting company moved their winter series to Asheville’s Masonic Temple, they have had a sold-out hit. Popular with everyone from locals to those staying in local cabins, this is a perfect idea for an Asheville romantic getaway or a friends’ weekend. The Montford Park Players have made the Ghosts of Christmas Past spookier, and the dark side of Scrooge’s greed permeates the stage setting. In other words, this is not Disney’s retelling of Charles Dickens. More like Tim Burton’s. But like one of Burton’s movies, the slightly campy macabre gives way to heartening warmth, so don’t think this is a ghost story. The stage performance receives a great boost from the venue that has been home since 2010, the Masonic Temple. Richard Sharpe Smith, who helped finish the Biltmore House after the original architect’s death and whose signature is on many of Asheville’s building, designed the temple. The intriguing building was closed to the public for most of its life since opening in 1915, but has been hosting public events in the auditorium in recent years to help raise money to restore the intricate interior and shore up the aging exterior. Located in downtown Asheville, this performance provides the ideal end (or beginning!) to a day of shopping, eating or sight seeing. Get your tickets as soon as possible, because nearly every performance sells out. For more information, call the box office at (828) 254-5146.