November

DSU Theatre presents “Scrooge!”

Shanna Shervheim, interim director of communications, 701-483-2595

Dickinson State University Theatre presents “Scrooge!,” a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on December 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium, May Hall.

This year’s musical is BIG, with a cast of 40 onstage, 10 musicians and many more working behind the scenes. The cast includes local children, teenagers and adults from around Dickinson who help create a city full of London shopkeepers, street vendors and shoppers…and a spirit or two, or three.

Just as Scrooge experiences his past, present and future, the cast represents those same generations of performers who range in age from six to 66. The title role will be played by Kevin Moberg, chair of the DSU Department of Teacher Education. Moberg is joined onstage by his entire family: Susan, Suzanna, Hillary and Abigail. Another pivotal part of the show, the Cratchit family, will be mostly made up of another real-life family: Layne Brandvik (a 2012 DSU graduate) and Betsy Devero (a 2013 DSU graduate), along with Connor Devero as Tiny Tim and Catelyn Devero as Martha Cratchit.

A large number of DSU students also grace the cast. Damon Fichter, who appeared in last year’s musical “Lucky Stiff,” will be in the forefront of several musical numbers as Tom Jenkins. DSU Theatre veterans Dinah Ridl, Brianna Peterson, Rachelle Bliss and Samantha Holzer will also appear.

Behind the scenes, a fantastic team is working on this show. Assistant Professor of Theatre Jarvis Jahner is creating the Dickensian London scenes that flow seamlessly from one to another. Cheryl Hewson is in charge of the music and will be conducting the show. Student Tim Rosin is acting as stage manager, with costume and choreography help from Chris Moe, Lydia Dworshak and Pattie Carr.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for children and senior citizens, and free for DSU faculty, staff and students with valid school ID. Reservations are recommended, but not required. To reserve tickets, call 701-483-2154 on weekday afternoons.