The Nutz-N-Boltz Theater Company stages a sequel to Charles Dickens Christmas story

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -  Nephew Fred, portrayed by Allan Ansell, is trying hard to persuade Scrooge to be merry as Marley, played by Justin Lazenby, and the Bogle, played by Alyson Teachout, look skeptical. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol” is familiar to many.

A similar story looks at that scenario from the perspective of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner.

This story describes Jacob Marley’s valiant, almost unseen efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul — and in the process save his own.

The tale, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” will be presented on the stage during two weekends between Dec. 7 and 16 at Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company in Boring. This is the last chance to see this show, as a new version will be staged next year.

Marley has been condemned to hell, with only one chance of redeeming his spirit from the depths of that flaming pit.

To escape the eternal inferno, he must redeem the soul of Scrooge, which at first sight seems a hopeless task.

Marley, however, is aided by his tormentor, a ghost who gives him one chance at redemption, said Director Kelly Lazenby.

“Scrooge’s heart, as we all know, is eventually opened,” Lazenby said, “but we take the journey with Marley as he irreverently, humorously and reflectively discovers his own heart.”

The play was written by Tom Mula in 2003 to be performed by either one or four actors. The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company will present this classic with four actors playing 16 separate characters.

The cast includes Justin Lazenby and Allan Ansell, both of Gresham, Alyson Teachout of Damascus and Curtis Hanson of Happy Valley.

This bittersweet comedy is suitable for the entire family, and perfect for the coming season.

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” is a full production in two acts, with a running time of about 1-1/2 hours. There will be an intermission and concessions available.

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