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A new take on a Christmas classic

Stewart Oksenhorn

Kim Nuzzo, left, and Gary Morabito star in the Hudson Reed Ensemble's production of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," opening this week at Aspen High School's Black Box Theatre. (Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

In Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Jacob Marley appears only as a ghost, dragging around chains and warning his surviving business partner, Ebeneezer Scrooge, of the consequences of greed. In Tom Mula’s re-imagining of the story, some heft is added to the character.

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” puts Marley at the center of the play: In order to be released from bondage in the netherworld, he must find a way to transform the cold-hearted Scrooge.

The alternate version features the same characters as Dickens’ enduring classic ” the beaten-down clerk, Bob Cratchit; the sweet, simple Tiny Tim ” and echoes the familiar themes of redemption and the Christmas spirit. But it takes a different point of view, and even brings humor into the picture.

The Hudson Reed Ensemble’s version, directed by Kent Reed, has four actors ” Charisse Layne, Gary Morabito, Kim Nuzzo and Tim Rafelson ” portraying 18 characters with a lot of imagination and little in the way of costume changes. The family-friendly play has evening performances Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17, at Aspen High School’s Black Box Theatre.

The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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