Large cast brings classic 'Carol' to life

Christmas Carol cast members

Tiny Tim (Philip Stoytchev), left, and Bob Cratchit (Keaton Lane) help Scrooge change course in ISU Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol." Photo by James Tener and Nancy Thompson.

The Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," returns to the Fisher Theater stage for the first time since 2014. In addition to six public performances that begin Dec. 1, the cast will perform three weekday matinees exclusively for high school students from around the state.

Jane Cox, professor and director of the ISU Theatre production, wrote the adapted version that features more than 50 roles filled by Iowa State students and children from the Ames community. The story stays true to Dickens' novel set in 19th-century England, with well-known characters Ebenezer Scrooge (senior Tyler Hupp), Bob Cratchit (senior Keaton Lane) and Tiny Tim (9-year-old Philip Stoytchev).

After three ghostly visits, Scrooge transforms from a mean-spirited miser to a man embracing the spirit of Christmas. Cox's adapted version adds narrators to the two-act play.

"They add the flavor of Dickens' language," Cox said. "They use his words and are interwoven throughout the play."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9; 1 p.m. on Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Tickets are $18 ($16 for seniors and $11 for students) and available through Ticketmaster, the Stephens box office or at the door prior to performances. Cox said the production usually draws large audiences. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.