Bah! Humbug, growls Ebenezer Scrooge to anyone unfortunate enough to wish him a Merry Christmas. This wealthy, jaded miser has no time in his life for anything but making money. When he finally lets his employee, Bob Cratchit, have Christmas Day off, he does it with a sneer and a warning to come in extra early the day after to make up the lost time.
Each Christmas Eve, Scrooge trudges home, shrugging off the sights and sounds of the seasons joy. But this Christmas Eve is different, for not long into the night, Scrooge receives a visit from his old friend and partner, Jacob Marley. Marley has been dead for seven years, and the afterlife has not agreed with him at all. He warns Scrooge that he needs to mend his ways or face an eternity of torment. Marley also warns Scrooge that three more ghostly visitors will come.
The Ghosts arrive and show Scrooge his life and the lives of other people he knows: his youthful sweetheart Isabel, his employee Bob Cratchit and the home of his young nephew. Scrooge also sees what will come if he does not change his ways.
Scrooge comes to realize what he has missed in his single-minded search for wealth, and on Christmas morning, Scrooge wakes, vowing to start a new life.
Tickets are on sale now for this must-see show at Byron Civic Theatre (BCT). You may reserve your tickets by calling the BCT box office at 234-3000 during box office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show dates are: Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, Sunday, Nov. 27 and the following weekend Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
From the Nov. 23-29, 2005, issue