Shoestring Players Present “A Christmas Carol,” December 11-13

December 8, 2014 at 8:35 am
A Christmas Carol 2014

From left, Robert Wendover as Marley and Ryan Barry as Scrooge in the Shoestring Players “A Christmas Carol.”

The University of South Carolina Upstate Shoestring Players and the Thursday Afternoon Acting Group will perform Brian Way’s “A Christmas Carol” at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Ebenezer Scrooge couldn’t give a “Bah! Humbug,” about Christmas until he’s visited by four ghosts on Christmas eve. The mean old miser’s first visitor is his old business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him of a visit by three ghosts on Christmas eve. It’s Scrooge’s last chance for redemption when Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future take him on a journey that changes his life.

More than 30 actors will bring the classic Christmas ghost story written by Charles Dickens to life. Under the direction of Rich Robinson, associate professor of Theatre at USC Upstate, the cast includes: Ryan Barry of Spartanburg as Ebenezer Scrooge; Jordan Whitney of Columbia as Bob Crachit; Sam Kopf of Spartanburg as Fred; Robert Wendover of Lancaster as Marley and Joe; Jasmine Johnson of Hartsville as Christmas Past; Kasey McKeown of Charlotte, N.C., as Christmas Present; Harley Bevill of Spartanburg as Mrs. Crachit; Haley Lester of Piedmont as Martha Crachit; Grace Shepherd of Spartanburg as Belinda Crachit; Zack Martin of Spartanburg as Peter Crachit; Sebastian Visser of Spartanburg as Tiny Tim; Marissa Messaner of Piedmont as Fred’s wife; Dexter Simmons of Clinton as Fezziwig and a businessman; Jordan Montemayor of Piedmont as Fezziwig’s wife and Mrs. Dilber; Seth Kemp of Spartanburg as Young Ebenezer; Andrea Jerkovic of Chesnee as Fred’s plain sister; Zachary Orekowski of Spartanburg as Young Boy Ebenezer and an errand boy; Christina Pacilli of Columbia as a fan, townsperson; Brittany Bailey of Spartanburg as Emily and a townsperson; Kian Orekowski of Spartanburg as Christmas boy and Want; Colin Miller of Spartanburg as Ignorance, Richard and the errand boy; Alexis Jeter of Spartanburg as a townsperson; Lauren McGaha of Anderson as a townsperson; Michael Quinn of Spartanburg as Christmas Future; and Nicole Duplay of Spartanburg as a businesswoman.

Ticket prices are $8 for general public and $4 for USC Upstate students, faculty, and staff.

For tickets, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (864) 503-5695 or email your ticket requests to Box Office hours are from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For further information, contact Nathan Ruggles, box office manager, at (864) 503-5313 or