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Tampa Theater plans Dec. 18 showing of Christmas movie starring Plant City native

PLANT CITY – A “feel-good” Christmas story starring Plant City native Charleene Closshey will be shown 7:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at the historic Tampa Theatre.

Closshey will help introduce “An Evergreen Christmas” along with co-writer/director Jeremy Culver and his sister, co-writer Morgen Culver.

Spokeswoman Jill Revelle Witecki said the theater welcomed the chance to present a movie with a local tie, plus have Closshey and the Culvers available for audience questions after the showing.

“The fact that this event has both — plus is a family-friendly, feel-good Christmas offering — made it an easy decision, and we were able to fit it into the December schedule,” she wrote in an email.

The film was released Nov. 4 through Walmart, iTunes, Amazon, DirecTV and other platforms. It premieres Dec. 21 on Netflix.

Closshey, 33, who grew up in Plant City, said she’s heard from a lot of people who have picked up a copy of the film.

“The response has been really loving and I’m still humbled by it,” she said.

It has been screened at film festivals, but this will be the first public showing in Florida of the edited version, Closshey said.

In “An Evergreen Christmas,” Closshey stars as Evie Lee, who is forced to put her seemingly glamorous Hollywood life on hold and return to her small hometown of Balsam Falls, Tennessee, to deal with her father’s unexpected death and troubles at her family’s Christmas tree farm.

She ultimately decides to leave the big city behind to stay connected to her rural roots.

Fellow cast members include veteran actor Robert Loggia, Tyler Ritter (son of the late John Ritter), and Naomi Judd, who teamed with her daughter Wynonna in the duo, The Judds.

Closshey said a music video, “My Tennessee Home,” a song that’s part of the film score, will be shown publically for the first time at the event at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members, senior citizens and military members. Tickets are available at the theater’s box office on Franklin Street, or online at www.TampaTheatre.org.

The screening at the 88-year-old theater is sponsored by Film Tampa Bay and the Tampa/St. Petersburg chapter of Women in Film & Television-Florida.

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