Theatre Tuscaloosa - Presenting "Lights Out in Cootah County" Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Government Plaza
Theatre Tuscaloosa - Presenting "Lights Out in Cootah County" Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Government Plaza


We're back on stage!


Join us as we celebrate Tuscaloosa's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 4th with our first live, in-person event since quarantine started. The tree lighting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in front of the County Courthouse. Following the Tree Lighting, Theatre Tuscaloosa will present “Lights Out for Christmas in Cootah County: A Country (COVID) Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. in Government Plaza.


Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of Tuscaloosa’s entertainment district during the event. Food trucks will be present at Government Plaza, and the First Friday Art Walk will feature galleries open from 5-8 p.m.

The Play

This original play by Stephen Tyler Davis is a comedic adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It's set in the South in the fictional Cootah County, where the two biggest employers are Chucky’s Discount Cluckhouse and the Cootah County Power Company. The power company is owned by the stingy Emmet Scrudge, who gives his customers no leeway when it comes to paying their bills on time. After Scrudge plans to turn off the power to the Cootah County Orphanage, the townsfolk take matters into their own hands to teach him a lesson about Christmas that he’ll never forget.

The Cast

Drew Baker - Selma Scoggins

Tina Turley - Sonny Jenkins

Jeff Wilson - Emmet Scrudge

Ernie Turley  - Ernie, a musician

Stephen Tyler Davis Stephen Tyler Davis

The Writer/Director

Stephen Tyler Davis is a Huntsville, AL native and has worked as a director, teacher, writer, performer, producer, and designer for colleges, regional theatres, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival. Davis is a graduate of The University of Alabama. He directed Theatre Tuscaloosa’s 2019 production of Grease and is slated to direct the summer 2021 production of Mamma Mia!

Pandemic Precautions

We have placed the highest emphasis on creating safe rehearsal spaces for our artists, and the performance itself will be arranged to protect both our artists and audience members. We encourage all patrons who attend the event to wear masks and practice social distancing of at least six feet between parties that do not live in the same household.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to the support of individual, corporate, and governmental sponsors, we are able to offer this event absolutely free to the public! If you would like to support this and our other "Spreading Joy" programming, click here to learn more about making a tax-deductible contribution.


Theatre Tuscaloosa is producing the show in association with Eat My Beats, which is providing the stage and audio/visual support. This show is also made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as support from signature sponsor Claire Friday, The Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, and the City of Tuscaloosa.


The events on December 4th are made possible through partnerships with The Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority, Theatre Tuscaloosa, Shelton State Community College, Eat My Beats, the City of Tuscaloosa, and the Tuscaloosa County Commission.

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Friday: 9am-12pm
One hour prior to performances

9500 Old Greensboro Road #135
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405


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