Posted November 22, 2005 8:31 a.m. EST
I first encountered his wonderful mischief on a personal level in 1987. Ira David Wood directed the US Oympic Festival opening ceremonies at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. I was the announcer. During rehearsal he had me convinced that the entire program was going to be a huge flop. But when show time came the program came off without a hitch. It was a spectacular event featuring military fly-overs, fantastic music, and fabulous parade of athletes. Wood is a pro who can pull it all together. He is also a guy who can really devise a prank. He is best known for his hilariously wonderful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” which plays to sold-out audiences each year at Memorial Auditorium. David plays Scrooge, of course and this past Saturday during the WRAL TV Raleigh Christmas Parade he pulled a good one on me. During the broadcast I co-hosted the cast of the play rolled by with each member holding a sign saying something about buying my new CD “Christmas in Carolina.” Scrooge himself hoisted a sign reading “He paid me to do this” referring to me. No, I didn’t pay him but I was laughing so hard I couldn’t talk. The joke was on me. Ira David Wood scored again. If you have never been to his play please check it out. He’ll chase the holiday blues away and transform your spirits.