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Lessons learned in the spirit of Christmas

Old Marley was dead to begin with. So begins a new take on an old tale, NCC Productions performance of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

The dinner theatre production runs nightly, Dec. 16-20, at the Hotel Colorado. Curtain time each night is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for teens and adults and $40 for children 5-12, and include dinner and the performance.

A cast of four actors play storytellers and the myriad characters who populate Dicken’s tale of Scrooge, the spirits of Christmas past, present and future, and the mean and virtuous folk who finally effect his redemption.

The storytellers step in and out of character, moving the story forward and sometimes commenting on the action, much like a Greek chorus.

Scrooge is in his counting house and thinks anyone who goes around wishing people Merry Christmas should be boiled in oil.

But as he goes to open his door one night after a long day huddled over his money, Scrooge sees the face of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, in his door knocker, and the fun begins.

Marley’s ghost sets him on his magic path.

“I wear the chains I forged in life. I made them link by link and yard by yard,” he tells Scrooge. They are the symbol of “life’s missed opportunities.”

The five-act play takes place in the Devereux Room of the Hotel Colorado.

As in the last two productions, a full stage is built into the west wall of the room. This year, the stage will be two levels, with all the scenes set out in full view to be animated by the characters as the play progresses, said director Ruth Mollman.

The performance is the third dinner theater production of the New Creation Church. It promises to be a culinary and thespian treat.

Seating for dinner and the performance begins at 5:30 p.m. Theater-goers will be entertained by Shawn Reed, who also happens to be Mollman’s daughter, on the piano. At 6 p.m. dinner will be served.

The menu includes London broil and chicken marsala with Miners Claim mashers, vegetable medley, salad, and for dessert, chocolate cups filled with white chocolate mousse and berries.

During dinner, the Dickens Carolers, also members of the church, will entertain.

Dessert is served during the intermission.

At 7:15 p.m. the lights go down, the music swells and the play begins.

Starring in this year’s production are Rose Lindquist and Bryan and Chris Vashus, who play the three storytellers and the rest of the characters. Tony Nystrom plays Scrooge.

The original idea for the plays was Mollman’s.

“As a church family we like to give a gift to the community,” she said. The productions involve about 40 volunteers from the church and cost $10,000.

Sponsors also come through with financial support. This year they include Brad’s Electric Service, the Hotel Colorado, Alpine Bank, the Insurance Office of Carbondale, the Pit Stop, Mr. Electric, Glenwood Springs Ford, Mr. T’s Hardware, the Flower Mart, Harvest Homes, Ace Hardware of Carbondale and Land Rover.

The plays also carry a message without being overbearing.

“The real meaning of Christmas is in every production we do, without being `churchy’ about it,” Mollman said.

Tickets are available by calling 1-800-440-4432. MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

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