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MC, Buchanan Center again presenting 'A Christmas Carol'

Nick Munson
The Monmouth College Department of Theatre and the Buchanan Center of the Arts are once again teaming up to present a large-scale community production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Wells Theater. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. Two different casts will perform, with one cast taking the stage on opening night and at the matinee, and the other cast doing the other two evening shows.

Tickets are available at the Buchanan Center during regular business hours or by phone at 309-734-3033. Prices are $4 for MC students with IDs; $5 for senior citizens and high school and elementary students; and $6 for the general public. Tickets will not be sold on the Monmouth College campus, and tickets sold at the door will be subject to availability.

The production is being directed and designed by MC theatre professors Bill Wallace and Doug Rankin, respectively.

Gary Mustain will play the lead role of Scrooge. Tim Stiles and Mike Kroupa will share the role of Bob Cratchet. The ghosts of Christmas Present, Years to Come and Past will be played by Chris Baldwin, Merissa Lewiston and Swenja Rohde, respectively.

The two casts feature approximately 80 MC students and townspeople, including Jeffrey Cervantez as Jacob Marley and the entire Stiles family.

“It is amazing to have the chance to work with my wife and young children on a theatre production,” said Stiles, an assistant professor of physics at MC. “Not only does this experience provide us with the opportunity to share our love of theatre with our children, but also it gives us some quality family time as we practice our lines and help each other remember our prompts.”