No humbug

ISU Theatre to present A Christmas Carol

AMES – Join ISU Theatre for the holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, as we follow the embittered miser, Scrooge, on his journey towards redemption. Along the way, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, as well as Scrooge’s family, who show him more compassion than Scrooge deserves.

Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel and adapted by ISU Professor, Jane Cox, A Christmas Carol will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m., along with matinee performances on Sundays, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in Fisher Theater on the Iowa State campus.

“I would guess 95 percent of the audience knows the characters and the plot,” said director, Jane Cox, professor and program director of ISU Theatre. “It’s a story that appeals to practically everyone.”

Cox said the play takes audiences on an enjoyable journey. “A Christmas Carol takes you on a journey from a feeling of ‘bah humbug’ to a true feeling of the season,” she said. “It’s wonderfully redeeming and satisfying.”

This season marks the ninth time ISU Theatre has presented A Christmas Carol, which is produced every three years. This year’s version will again be faithful to the original Dickens story, said Cox.

A cast of more than 45 includes ISU students along with adults and children from the community. Tyler Hupp, a senior in Industrial Engineering from Cedar Rapids, has the role of Scrooge. Nolan Kratky is Marley, Alexander Criswell is Fred, Keaton Lane is Bob Cratchit, and Philip Stoytchev is Tiny Tim.

David R. Losure, Kamrar, plays the Fiddler. He is a musician, luthier and writer who teaches old-time fiddle and clawhammer banjo in Ames and Urbandale. He will add traditional fiddling to the revelry at Fezziwig’s party in A Christmas Carol. Losure graduated from ISU with a self-designed degree comprised of English, Art, and Anthropology.

Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $11 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.