A Christmas Carol

Brought to a moment in his youth by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Erin Cohenour), far right, Ebenezer Scrooge (Jeff Stockberger, standing in back) looks upon his sister, Fan (Kayla Bennett of Lebanon), left, and himself as a boy (Anthony Prostyakov) in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

In time for the holidays, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents its special one-hour production of the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol.” Enhanced with music, the timeless tale is live on stage through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly businessman whose bitterness has increased with age. He cares little for the needs of his fellow man, preferring to keep money in his pocket rather than coal on the fire. His employee, Bob Cratchit, endures the ongoing chill from both his workplace and his boss. Faithfully, he keeps Scrooge in his prayers even through his own family is struggling to survive on the meager salary he earns. The health of Cratchit’s young son, Tiny Tim, is as poor as the family is financially, but Scrooge’s heart is unmoved and his coffers remain unopened.

Scrooge’s inhumanity becomes so intense that it stirs the spirit of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who visits him on Christmas Eve. Marley tells Scrooge he will be visited by three more spirits, and advises him to heed the messages they bring. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come then appear to Scrooge in succession – reminding him of what was, pointing out what is, and showing him what will be should he continue on his present path. Not only will his life be quickly forgotten if he maintains his miserly ways, but those around him face hardships that he could have easily prevented.

Jeff Stockberger stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this story of forgiveness and second chances. Haunting him as the spirits are Erin Cohenour (Ghost of Christmas Past), Jonah D. Winston (Christmas Present) and David Michael Cress (Christmas Yet To Come). Darrin Murrell plays Bob Cratchit, and Bobbi Bates plays Mrs. Cratchit. Playing their children are Walker Lasbury as Tiny Tim, Brielle Boynton as Belinda Cratchit and Anthony Prostyakov as Peter Cratchit.  Kayla Bennett of Lebanon plays Martha Cratchit as well as Scrooge’s sister, Fan. Collin Poynter plays the storyteller. Jacob Marley is played by Eddie Curry, and Meaghan Sands and Carrie S. Neal round out the cast.

The show is directed by Elizabeth Stark. Ron Morgan is the choreographer, and music is arranged by Michael Hoagland. Jill Kelly is the costumer.

There are 10 performances of this special one-hour version of A Christmas Carol scheduled in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $19 to $32, including the show and Chef Odell Ward’s holiday buffet — complete with carved turkey and all the trimmings. Parking is always free.

For reservations, call the box office at 872-9664 between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Discounts are available for groups and for children ages 3 to15.

Visit www.beefandboards.com for more information and a show schedule

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