Scrooge and Marley


Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 Christmas story will come alive this December as the West Liberty University Theatre Department presents “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley.”

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8-10, and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Kelly Theatre.

“Tickets are going fast, and we encourage people to call now for reservations,” said Director John Hennen, who also is an adjunct professor. The reservation number is 304-336-8277.

The heart-warming story of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim needs no introduction.

“This adaptation follows the Dickens original scrupulously but, in bringing it to life on the stage, adds elements of inventiveness and brilliant theatricality that enhance and strengthen its timeless virtues,” Hennen said.  “’A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley’ is a theater piece of unique eloquence, which will delight audiences and prepare our hearts for the festivities of the holiday season.”

Singing and dancing also add entertainment value to this holiday classic and make it “must-see” event of the season.

A cast of 40 will bring the story to life. Wheeling actor Michael L. Aulick, a member of the WLU faculty, will play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, played by Rich Ivaun, who will visit him with the other ghosts to show Scrooge the past, present and future.

“It’s such a wonderful show,” Hennen said, “with a good cast and some touching moments.” The large case includes students, staff and community actors.

Brady Dunn plays Bob Cratchitt and Ingrid Young plays Mrs. Cratchitt in the upcoming production of “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley.”



The People of the Play

Jacob Marley: Rich Ivan

Ebenezer Scrooge: Michael Aulick

Bob Crachitt: Brady Dunn

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Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew: Grant VanCamp

Thin Do-Gooder: Chris Rees

Portly Do-Gooder: Josie Jarrett

The Ghost of Christmas Past: Melinda Kreisberg

Little Boy Scrooge: Brayden Conway

Young Man Scrooge: Kobe Wade

Fan, Scrooge’s little sister: Ruori Stoll/Jayden Clutter

The Schoolmaster: Rob DeSantis

Fezziwig: Zac Morris

Dick, young Scrooge’s coworker: Anthony Hood

Scrooge’s Lost Love: Maria Matsakis

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Jed Shook

Mrs.Crachitt: Ingrid Young

Belinda Crachitt: Baylei Mills/Sophia Sliter-Hays

Martha Crachitt: Tessie Tokash

Peter Crachitt: Sam Sliter-Hays/Daniel White

Tiny Tim Crachitt: Aiden Mills/Shia Conway

Scrooge’s Niece, Fred’s wife: Sarah Lemley

The Ghost of Christmas Future: Ben Moore

First Woman: Amanda Tamplen

Mrs.Dilber: Callie Carroll

Old Joe: Rob DeSantis

Adam: Zachary Gordon

A Poulterer: Ben Moore

First Business Man: Alex Franke

Second Business Man: Alex Gordon

Third Business Man: Josie Jarrett

Man(WOMAN) 1: Alex Burdick

Man(WOMAN) 2: Hunter Helms

Ensemble: Carly Balog, Alex Burdick, Hunter Helms, Amber Parsons, Jessica Roth and Summer Timbs.


Online ticketing and early bird discounts also are available at and will eliminate a wait at the ticketing window the day of the performance.


General admission tickets will cost $12.50 at the door. For senior citizens, university employees and students of other institutions tickets will be $10 and West Liberty students with university ID will be charged $5 at the door.