Miserly icon Scrooge comes alive

Minot State University’s Campus Players will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14, in Aleshire Theater at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The play was dramatized by Kevin Neuharth, associate communication arts professor and theater director, and is directed by Joshua Snyder, MSU theater major and senior.

Snyder said the main difference that the audience might notice between the MSU production and other productions of the classic Christmas tale is the level of interaction between actors and the audience

“I’ve always been kind of an interactive performer,” said Snyder. “I like that feeling where you’re close to the audience and build an attachment before the show.”

The cast will be dispersed throughout the audience, and will act as ushers and provide entertainment before the play starts.

Snyder also said the ghosts will be notable.

“You’re going to see a lot more of the ghosts, both past and present,” said Snyder, who said the ghost of Christmas Future will be dressed all in black and walk on stilts.

The story itself will be familiar to the audience: the tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Marley, his former business partner, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

This is Snyder’s first stint as director of a big production.

“The greatest reward of putting together a student-run production is finding out what challenges me as a director and getting to learn more about my peers. I get to see what challenges them as actors and help them conquer obstacles,” Snyder said. “With such a large cast, the reward is definitely magnified.”

Campus Players selects a holiday production intended for elementary school students, and they will tour area schools. The touring tradition began in 2011 when Minot Public Schools suspended field trips for the school year because of the flood.

For tickets, contact the Aleshire Theater box office at 858-3172. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students under 18. Reservations are encouraged. Due to construction, parking will be available in the “E” lot in front of Old Main.