trial of ebenezer scrooge shoestring lake helen
WHAT HAPPENED TO SCROOGE’S CHRISTMAS SPIRIT? — It appears Scrooge has lost his Christmas spirit once again. Is he back to his old ways? In front, on the left, is Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Bob Sollien); behind him on the left, is Bob Cratchit (Brian Casey). Next, from left, are the Judge (Chris Patterson), Solomon Rothschild (David Finkle) and Fred (Dillon Williams).

Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen has a very special holiday surprise for everyone! Beginning Thursday, Dec. 8, and showing through Sunday, Dec. 18, we will be presenting Mark Brown’s brilliant play The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.

This play is not to be confused with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This play is a story of what happens after A Christmas Carol, when Mr. Scrooge goes to court to sue the Ghosts of Christmas (played by Emily Kenner and Don Liska) and their translator (Andrea Finkle) for trespassing, kidnapping him, theft, exposing him to the elements and attempted murder! Yes, you read that correctly!

TESTIMONY — Under questioning from the Ghosts’ attorney Solomon Rothschild, at right, (played by David Finkle), Bob Cratchit, at right, (Brian Casey) is less than amused. The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge will be performed Dec. 8-11 and 15-18 at Shoestring Theatre, 380 S. Goodwin St. in Lake Helen.

Come join us for this hilarious, often touching and thoroughly entertaining play.

Witness Mr. Scrooge (Bob Sollien) representing himself in court, because he’s too cheap to hire a lawyer. Encounter a judge (Chris Patterson) who has no patience for Scrooge, the Ghosts, their lawyer, or Christmas. Making matters worse, he can hardly control the courtroom, with a bailiff (Stephen Gelovich) who wants to play along with the Spirits and flirt with all the female witnesses.

Representing all the Ghosts is the flamboyant and dapper barrister Solomon Rothschild (David Finkle), whose task it is to prove Scrooge wrong and to bring back the Spirit of Christmas that was bestowed upon Mr. Scrooge at the end of A Christmas Carol.

What happened? What went wrong? We thought the Spirits had converted old Ebenezer! Evidently, that didn’t last very long. Providing testimony for the case is Scrooge’s own nephew, Fred (Dillon Williams); our old friends, Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley (Brian Casey); the benevolent Miss Wainwright (Jennifer Ackerman-Lopez); and a host of characters you will fall in love with as soon as they take the stand.

The show is directed by Jenny Sejansky, with Nancy Ballesteros stage-managing and Ruth Patterson creating costumes.

The set is another fabulous creation of Bob Sollien and our Shoestring volunteers. Contributing her amazing artistic talents to the stage-painting is Anne Sollien.

Tickets are on sale now and are selling quickly. Make your reservations for a fun and unique holiday treat that will fill your heart with the spirit of the season — and hopefully, it will last all year long!

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge is fun for the whole family!

Shoestring Theatre is at 380 S. Goodwin St. in Lake Helen.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9, Saturday, Dec. 10, Thursday, Dec. 15, Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 18.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, and $12 for students (student tickets can only be purchased at the box office).

Call the box office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 386-228-3777, or leave a message outside those hours, and our box-office staff will call you back. You can also purchase tickets online at shoestringtheatre.net.

See you at the Shoe!

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