The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future haunt the Albert Jeffers Theatre stage at The University of Texas-Pan American as rehearsals begin for the upcoming "A Christmas Carol."
The play opens Wednesday, Dec. 5 at UTPA and runs through Dec. 9. Show times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
"I am extraordinarily fortunate in the quality of the cast I have been able to assemble," said Kate Ellis, director of the Dickens' classic.
To play the ghostly incarnations, Ellis cast Didi Duron as "Past," Veronica Navarro as "Present" and Melinda Marroquin as "Future." Marroquin graced the stage last season as the spirit Ariel in "The Tempest," and she and Didi Duron most recently appeared in "Woyzeck."
The three ghosts will lead Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Angel Garcia, through the various possibilities of what his life could have been and possibly will be. Ellis cast Tim Conatser as Scrooge's business partner, Jacob Marley.
Robert Silva plays the pair's well-known overworked and underpaid employee, Bob Cratchit, and Stacey Davila will take on the role of Mrs. Cratchit. Davila will also assist Ellis behind the scenes in set and costume design.
Andy Wilson was chosen to play Scrooge's nephew Fred and the Young Scrooge of the past.
Other cast members include Holly Retherford, Marisa Hernandez, Johnny Gonzalez, Fabian Cuellar, Martin Prieto, Valetin Guerra, Nazli Cantú and Tabitha Langham.
Jeff Marquis wrote this particular version of the famous classic especially for the UTPA Theatre. It was last performed at UTPA five years ago.
For more information or reservations, call the UTPA Box Office at 956/381-3581.